Aone-year-old toddler has been tortured to death in Istanbul'sSancaktepe district, daily Birgün reported on Sept. 28.
The police detained the father whereas the mother is currently missing, the daily said.
Theincident came to light after the couple's neighbors notified of thetorture to the police.
The toddler was initially dispatched to the Sancaktepe Research Hospital, but was later taken to another hospital in Çekmeköy. The toddler named “Hayat” (which translates as “Life” in Turkish) died at the Çekmeköy hospital. “Hayat” was reported to have bruises and burn scars on the body.
Thecouple, who is said to have come from Syria about four-five years agoto Turkey, was living in an apartment in the Gazi neighborhood. Thepolice took the testimonies of the residents living in the aparment.
Reports said that this is not the first torture incident that the child faced. Six months ago, the toddler was again similarly dispatched to the hospital with bruises on the body. The child was put under the protection of social services for a while, but was later handed back to the family.Turkish children report lowest life satisfaction rates in UNICEF report cardTurkey top jailer of children in Europe