A toddler was recently rescued by firefighters after he is left alone in a hot car in scorching temperatures.
The boy, 18 months old, was freed when a passerby noticed him crying in the closed vehicle.
Fire crews were called and they finally released the toddler by smashing a window. The firefighters later stubbed a ticket on the dashboard of the car mentioning that a baby had been abandoned for more than an hour as the temperatures outside topped 25C.
Crowds gathered around the site to watch the rescue operation after authorities made an announcement at a nearby family fun day, asking the boy’s parents to return to their car.
Witness Cheryl Thomas, 42, said: ‘It was unbelievable. We were all enjoying a day out and suddenly they announced this crying little boy had been left inside a hot car.
‘We could see the car park from where we were and everyone looked over to see paramedics outside the car, frantically trying to get in.
‘Everyone was looking round for a parent rushing over but no-one came. We couldn’t believe it when ten minutes later there was still no sign of anyone.
‘It was such a hot day, we actually got sunburn while we were out there so that poor little boy must have been in such distress.
‘It brings me to tears thinking about what he must have been going through.’
The baby was crying and was visibly distressed as he was pulled from the car by the firefighters. This is when a woman who was believed to be his mother returned with a young boy.
The toddler was later passed to her and they were ushered to a waiting ambulance for the boy. He was assessed thereby a St John’s Ambulance crew.
Police officers later talked to the woman for more than half an hour in the back of the emergency vehicle.
Mother-of-two Cheryl said: ‘The firefighters did an amazing job getting him out, they worked so quickly.
‘Then this woman just appeared from nowhere. No-one realised she was the boy’s mum to begin with as she didn’t seem to show any emotion over what was happening.
‘She had another little boy with her, who was older and holding her hand. We just couldn’t understand why you would take one child out with you and leave one in the car for so long.
‘Who knows where she had been or what she was doing. She didn’t have any bags with her, just a big handbag, so whether she’d popped to a shop or not, I don’t know.
‘To leave your child for a minute is too long though, let alone an hour.’
Jodie Saxby talking on Facebook said: ‘After half an hour I thought something must be wrong with that parent but no she came strolling from town way!
‘Having a niece of that age it made my feel so sad for that baby!’
Jackie Waughman added: ‘It was a lovely day on the common then they announced over the mic this sad news.
‘What was she thinking? You don’t leave a dog in the car, let alone a child.
‘They had to smash her window, she was gone for ages.
‘When she did come back she seemed more worried about her car.
‘I pray she never does this again.’
The woman was later allowed to leave with the children in the car.
Source – Daily Mail