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TV Markíza backing controversial reporting about child’s death

A REPORTER of private broadcaster TV Markíza drew public condemnation after she approached the stunned mother of 2-year-old Kristína, who died in a parked car in scorching heat in Nitra on July 22 right after she arrived to the scene. 

(Source: Sme)

“The mother who came to the place collapsed and father is in bad psychological condition,” TV Markíza reporter Dana Brixová said after she tried to approach mother who was not responding trying to hide from media.

Read also:Two-year old found dead in parked car in Nitra

The child was found dead in a black car that was parked on Janko Kráľ Street in Nitra at around 14:30 when the outside temperature in the shade was already reaching 36 degrees Celsius. The police have not said how long the girl was left in the car. She was allegedly abandoned by her 57-year-old father. Some media outlets have reported that the father was supposed to take his daughter to a day nursery but forgot that she was in the car.

“According to the coroner, the probable cause of death was overheating of the organism. The body of the little girl was taken to a hospital, where an autopsy will be carried out,” Nitra regional police spokeswoman Božena Bruchterová told the TASR newswire on July 23.

The head of news department of the broadcaster Henrich Krejča said that it is duty of reporter to publish authentic picture of the scene. The reporter’s motivation was not abusing of emotion rather the hunting for facts, Krejča told the Denník N daily.

Meanwhile, the police have launched an investigation into the case, according to Bruchterová.

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