Girl, three, dies when her lungs explode after a garage’s high-pressure air hose is inserted into her mouth in Taiwan
- Girl, aged three, had high-pressure air hose in her mouth at petrol station
- Police in Taiwan are investigating her father on manslaughter charges
- He said he rushed the three-year-old girl to Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital
- Footage shows the girl did not get out of the car, contrary to her father’s claims
A three-year-old girl has died after her lungs exploded when a high-pressure air hose was inserted into her mouth at a petrol station in Taiwan.
The unnamed child was declared dead shortly after being rushed to Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital in south-western Taiwan, where doctors said the girl’s lungs had ruptured and then collapsed.
Police are investigating her father on manslaughter charges.
The three-year-old suffered fatal injuries while her father was cleaning his BMW using a high-pressure air hose at a petrol station in Taiwan
The girl’s lungs ruptured after the air hose was inserted into her mouth. Investigators are carrying out enquiries to find out whether the man was responsible for the accident or whether the girl grabbed the air hose herself
The young girl’s severe injuries are thought to have been caused by the air gun being inserted into her mouth.
Investigators are carrying out enquiries to find out whether her father was responsible either by accident or design or whether the girl had grabbed the air hose herself.
The three-year-old’s father, named as Mr Kuang, claims his daughter got out of the car and put the air hose into her mouth, causing the accident at the self-service petrol station.
He said he rushed the girl to the hospital as soon as he realised what had happened.
Mr Kuang told detectives the girl had turned pale and appeared to stop breathing.
Investigators, working with a single CCTV camera, are unable to work out what happened exactly because the father obstructs the view
Mr Kuang said he rushed his daughter to hospital as soon as he realised what had happened
Investigators working with a single CCTV camera say the man can be seen moving the air gun towards his daughter twice while spraying his BMW.
While the man claims the baby got out of the car, the footage shows that the girl did not leave the front passenger seat.
Investigators are unable to work out what happens exactly at the moment of the accident as the man obstructs the surveillance camera.
Mr Kuang was detained on manslaughter charges and granted bail of 60,000 TWD (1,510 GBP) for negligence.
Kaohsiung’s Ciaotou District Prosecutors Office is asking members of the public to come forward with any information that might help their investigation.