Man charged after toddler found severely dehydrated in locked car

A MAN who left a two-year-old boy in a locked car for over 40 minutes while he went shopping has been charged.

Police were called to Terrace Road in East Perth on Sunday after passers-by noticed a distressed looking child sitting in a locked car.

What makes this incident even more horrifying than it already is, is that the temperature at the time was 32 degrees and the windows of the vehicle were up and doors were locked.


Police were forced to break into the car to give the toddler water before he was taken to hospital to be treated for severe dehydration.

It’s believed the two-year-old was stranded in the soaring heat for more than 40 minutes.

A relative of the child has been charged with being a person in care/control of a child, who left the child in a vehicle without supervision likely to cause distress.

He is scheduled to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on November 10.