‘A Disaster’: Dad Of Toddler Locked In Hot Car
The father of a child who was rescued from a hot, locked car after police smashed a window has called the ordeal "a disaster".
About 11.15am, the boy, believed to just two or three years old, was discovered dehydrated and distressed inside a parked car in Sydney's Neutral Bay.
Police smashed the window and rescued the child, who they say had been inside the car for close to 40 minutes.
His father told The Daily Telegraph he'd had "a rough night" and described the situation as "a disaster".
“I went to drop off my kid at the school... he fell asleep in the car," he said.
"I thought I had dropped him off and I went to work."
Neutral Bay: @nswpolice smashed their way into a family car to rescue a young child left alone for more than 3 hours. The dehydrated 3yo was seen by neighbhours who called for help. His distressed dad told 7 News he thought his son had been dropped off. @ebatten7 #7News pic.twitter.com/PtPWmX4OEU— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) January 18, 2018
The boy's parents were being questioned.
This incident has prompted police to encourage parents and carers to be aware of the risks associated with leaving children alone in the car.
- There is a risk of being abducted if they are left alone in a car, even if the car is locked.
- On a typical summer day, the temperature inside a car (even with the windows rolled down a little) can quickly rise above 50 to 60 degrees.
- Even on a relatively mild day, the temperature inside a car can get above 40 degrees.
- At those temperatures, children are at great risk for heat stroke, which can lead to a high fever, dehydration, seizures, stroke and death.
- Anyone who sees a child left unattended in a vehicle is urged to contact 000 and help make sure the child gets out as soon as possible.