Man charged after 3-month old baby left in hot car at shopping centre

A MAN has been charged after he allegedly left his three-month-old baby boy in a hot car for more than half an hour while he went shopping.

Police say the Perth father drove to the Armadale Shopping Centre about 4.25pm on Wednesday and parked his vehicle in the undercover car park.

It’s alleged the 35-year-old then left his baby in the vehicle with the front window slightly open while he went inside the shopping centre.


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“It is further alleged he did not return to his vehicle until just before 5pm,” Western Australia Police said in a statement.

A member of the public heard the baby crying about 10 minutes after the father left and opened the rear door to allow more air into the vehicle before calling police.

Officers then rushed to the scene and removed the baby, who they say “felt quite hot” from the vehicle.

The infant was checked over by paramedics before being taken to hospital where he was assessed and thankfully released unharmed.

The man has since been charged with leaving a child unsupervised in a vehicle and will appear in court at a later date.

Police say the penalty for this offence is “Liable to imprisonment for 5 years. Summary conviction penalty: a fine of $36 000 and imprisonment for 3 years”.

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