A MOTHER has been charged after allegedly leaving her two small children locked in a hot car for over an hour while she went shopping in Sydney.
Members of the public spotted the 36-year-old woman’s two sons, aged just eight and five, alone in a Toyota Kluger at Liverpool about 1.45pm on Saturday.
In a statement, NSW Police said the children’s mother had parked the vehicle in direct sunlight in a car park on Viscount Place, and locked her kids inside while she went shopping.
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The children allegedly spent more than an hour locked in the vehicle as temperatures outside soared to 30 degrees.
Concerned strangers quickly called police who arrived at the scene as the children’s mother returned to the vehicle.
Police said the children were dehydrated and were provided with water by officers before being assessed by paramedics.
Their mother was spoken to by officers at the scene and will be served with a Future Court Attendance Notice for leaving a child in a motor vehicle.
As summer begins, the incident has prompted police to remind parents of the dangers around leaving not only children alone in cars, but pets too.
On a typical summer day, temperatures inside a car can reach between 50-60 degrees in just a matter of minutes.
At these temperatures, children are at great risk of 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.
You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.