A MAN looks set to be served with a court notice after a two-year-old girl was allegedly found locked inside his car, unresponsive and dehydrated, outside a shopping centre in Sydney’s south yesterday afternoon.
The toddler was found inside the man’s locked black Honda Jazz parked outside a shopping centre on the corner of Cross Street and Park Road at Hurstville just after 3pm on Saturday.
Police were called and were forced to smash their way inside the Honda to rescue the little girl who officers say was “not moving”.
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She was treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken to St George Hospital, reportedly suffering from minor dehydration, before being released into the care of her mother about 5pm.
That afternoon, a 36-year-old man attended Hurstville Police Station where he was interviewed and released pending further inquiries.
In a statement to media today, police say they intend on serving the 36-year-old man with a future service court attendance notice (FSCAN) for leaving children and young persons unsupervised in a motor vehicle.
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.
Police are urging anyone with information about children locked in vehicles to immediately call Triple Zero (000).