I don't understand how people do this.
I hope the child makes a quick recovery.
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11-11-2013 19:05 #1
A TODDLER had to be pulled through a smashed window of a parked car.
11-11-2013 19:07 #2
Poor little one. Very sad.
11-11-2013 19:34 #3
I hope she gets the maximum penalty!!!
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11-11-2013 19:35 #4
Oh, and it's not the first time (apparently)?!
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11-11-2013 19:41 #5
Thanks for this link. It was a timely reminder for me to send my annual text to my exH about not leaving the kids in the car and also not to stand there having a chat while the kids are in the car. He has done this with me and I've interrupted him straight away to ask him to turn the air con on. He just doesn't think. It worries me no end!!
11-11-2013 19:46 #6
Seriously how can people be so stupid !!!
The first thing I do before I put the kids in the car is put down all the windows I have a fear of fainting or something happening so then they would be left in a hot car
11-11-2013 19:49 #7
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Toddler left in scorching car during airport pickup
- Emma Channon
- Townsville Bulletin
- November 11, 2013 12:00AM
Police officers responded after a toddler was left unattended in a locked car at Townsville Airport yesterday. Emergency services eventually rescued the child in a semi-conscious state. Picture: Evan Morgan Source: Townsville Bulletin
A TODDLER had to be pulled through a smashed window of a parked car at Townsville Airport after he was locked inside during 28C heat.
The 29-year-old mother was at the airport when the boy was spotted by a passerby, and her name had to be called over the loudspeaker to get her to return.
It is understood the incident was not the first time the woman had left a child unattended in a car.
The three-year-old boy was sweating profusely and crying when he was rescued by emergency service personnel, and was taken to Townsville Hospital in a semi-conscious state.
The incident has prompted RACQ to remind all people to never leave children and animals in cars unattended.
The mother had left her son locked in the Mitsubishi Magna sedan with all windows up, parked in full exposure to the sun.
Police charged her with leaving a child unattended and she will appear in Townsville Magistrates Court in two weeks.
RACQ executive manager, technical and safety policy Steve Spalding said children should never be left in a car.
He said cabin temperatures could rise from 30C to 40C in just seven minutes.
"That is where medical people say health risks really start to kick in," he said.
"Even in an airconditioned cabin that's 19C, it only adds about one extra minute (to heat up). So you're still looking at less than 10 minutes from a nice cold car to a very warm temperature.
"There's no safe situation where you can leave a young child or baby in the car."
Mr Spalding said it didn't make a difference if windows were tinted or left down, or if the car was parked in shade.
The RACQ responds to four or five calls each day where kids are accidentally locked in parked cars.
A police spokeswoman said a Triple-0 call was made from Townsville Airport reporting the trapped toddler at 2.23pm.
An emergency message was put out over the airport public address system at 2.32pm to try to locate the mother, but she didn't appear until 2.37pm.
The charge of leaving a child unattended can attract a maximum penalty of up to three years' imprisonment.
Mr Spalding said parents needed to be careful with handling their keys.It's a problem because the modern locking systems are now very secure, which makes it very hard to get into the car quickly," he said.
"You certainly need specialist knowledge to get the car open. The old days of using a coat hanger to get in don't work on late model cars."
He said Townsville's climate meant cars heated up even more quickly and therefore meant a higher chance of a life and death situation.
Mr Spalding warned people against smashing the car windows to rescue trapped children, saying it could lead to injury.
"The approach our staff take is wherever possible, they look for an entry that doesn't involve breaking glass, because there's a risk of injuring the child," he said.
"Emergency services wouldn't have the skills we do, so they've got to do their best.
"Don't assume you can easily break a window."
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11-11-2013 19:52 #8Senior Member
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Blergh. There's not even any shade in the carpark there.
Poor kid. So pleased someone noticed.
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11-11-2013 19:53 #10
After reading an excellently-written article someone linked to in a thread earlier this year, about children forgotten in cars (different to being left on purpose) I still have nightmares about what those children go through.
I feel sick for that poor child, however will reserve judgement of the mother until the full story is known.
Hope the child makes a full recovery
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