DH called the police when we saw a baby (3- 4 month old) in a car on a 35C day. He got a load of abuse frm the mum on return, as she was "only gone 10 minutes". I think he did the right thing. I know it's a pain waking a sleeping child, but she was lucky not to be harmed.
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22-04-2015 10:40 #21
22-04-2015 10:44 #22Senior Member
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22-04-2015 11:28 #23
22-04-2015 11:54 #24
I can completely understand a parent trusting their judgement in cases like this.
BUT it is against the law. Whether you believe you are doing it out of necessity or convenience, you are committing a crime. You have to deal with the fallout.
There was a line in the article
a moment of convenience followed by one of shock
[And, yes, I can understand not wanting to wake a child who has just fallen to sleep (esp if sick, bad night, etc), but no matter how well meaning, it is a huge risk- anything could happen (mum falls, gets delayed; car gets broken into, another car hits it, kids play with handbrake, baby gets sick and chokes on vomit, suffocation, etc)].
ETA: arresting in front of the kids may have been harsh, but it was a crime.
As a pp stated, if this was "I'm only driving for a few mins, who needs seatbelts" there would be outrage.
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22-04-2015 12:20 #25
I'd wait a few minutes and if the parent isn't back, I'd like to think I'd call the police.
After all the stories about children dying in cars (and not even being in them long) it's just not a worthwhile risk to take. I really don't care about the reason. The risks are known. I try not to be too harsh or judgmental especially since I'm not a parent yet, but this is something I can't see the other side on.
22-04-2015 12:26 #26
I wouldn't call the police I dont think. Though I would probably wait around to see how long the parent would be. I wouldn't think twice if there was an 8 year old and a 4 year old in the car though!
22-04-2015 12:58 #27
Honestly I have so many of my own children, I probably wouldn't even notice kids sitting in another car, but if I did notice, and it concerned me, I would wait around to see how long they took to get back. I wouldn't call the police. As for if I would say something to the parent, it would highly depend on the mood I was in and how long I had to wait, if they were gone a really long time, I would probably have to say something along the lined of "I've sat here with my own children, keeping an eye on your children making sure they stayed safe. You are very very lucky I didn't call the police" or something along those lines. I often duck into my IGA or petrol station leaving the kids in the car, but NEVER if it's going to take more than a minute. If I was to walk in and there was a line (there never is) I'd go back out and get them. I mostly drive to the petrol stations now that let you pay at the pump. Then I get really annoyed when they're out of order, because I've driven their specially to use them
22-04-2015 13:53 #28
Child abduction anyone?
I would never leave a kid that young in the streets without supervision.
People feel like a car is a safe place, like a tiny home on wheels. It's not, people walking around can see in it and get in it easily.
Yes I would call the police but no I wouldn't call the parents disgusting neither demand their arrest.
22-04-2015 13:55 #29
Yes I would.
22-04-2015 14:11 #30
To me it seems the mum stuffed up now is trying to justify her actions and paint good Samaritans as the baddies. 8yos I probably wouldn't call the police, but anything less than that damn right I would and I wouldn't feel bad about it either. None of those reasons were legitimate. I'm not one of the militant ones either, I don't get them out at the servo. But as a PP said they could no longer see the car. And if you were there long enough to gather a crowd and have the police come it wasn't a quick shop!
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