Leaving kids in cars is dangerous: police


NSW Police are warning of the dangers of leaving children alone in cars, after reports four young people were left unattended in two separate incidents at the weekend.
The reminder comes as the state prepares for a heatwave with temperatures forecast to reach a peak of 45C.
A two-year-old and a nine-year-old were reportedly left unattended in a vehicle with the engine running in a car park in Griffith at lunchtime on Saturday.
A few hours later police were called to a supermarket car park also in Griffith following reports two children - aged four and 11 - were left unattended in a vehicle that was turned off with the windows up.
Officers have spoken to the parents in both incidents and inquiries are continuing. Both incidents have also been reported to Family and Community Services.
Murrumbidgee police district Inspector Kim Traynor said it was lucky the children were not harmed.
"By leaving your child in a car you are placing them at great risk of dehydration and heatstroke or even abduction," Insp Traynor said in a statement.
"Leaving your children alone in a car so you can grab a few things from the shops is not only dangerous, it is irresponsible."
The NRMA says research suggests more than half of parents are still leaving their children unattended in vehicles to pay for fuel or nip into the shops for milk.
It said this year they had rescued more than 2000 children from cars - but the majority were accidental cases with parents locking their keys along with their children in the car.
NSW Police deputy commissioner Gary Worboys said officers will take action in cases where they find evidence of negligence.
Earlier this month, a five-year-old girl found in a car parked in the driveway of a home in NSW's Hunter region in hot weather died in hospital.
No charges were laid after that incident which is believed to have been a tragic accident.
Two sisters - aged one and two - died inside a station wagon parked across the front yard of a family home in Logan, south of Brisbane, in November.
Their mother, 27-year-old Kerri-Ann Conley, was charged with two counts of murder and remains in custody.
Police said anyone who sees a child left unattended in a vehicle should call triple zero and help make sure the child gets out as soon as possible

 

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