February 26, 2015 Leave a comment
(VIA The Morning Call) – A topic which we have covered on our blog numerous times is the danger of leaving a child unattended in a hot vehicle. However, leaving a child unattended in a vehicle at any point is an unwise decision which can have disastrous consequences. Yesterday, February 25th, in Allentown a woman left her one year old child unattended in her mini-van. At the time that the child was found temperatures outside were at about 20 degrees with a wind chill of less than 10 degrees. A passing parking officer was able to spot the child and called police.
Shortly after discovering the child, Allentown police were able to locate the child’s mother at a barbershop nearby. The 23 year-old mother had taken her 3 year old child to have his hair cut while the one year-old was left unattended in the mini van. Witnesses who spoke with police said that they had seen the mother checking on the vehicle around 1:50 PM. This was over a half hour before the police were able to get on scene and remove the child from the vehicle. When police did removed the child, they found that the child did not even have a blanket while seated in the car. The mother was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child before being released on $500 bail.
Time and time again, we have warned parents about the dangers of leaving their children unattended in vehicles, especially during extreme weather. Not only could your child be in danger due to the weather, but automotive theft as well. If you, at any point, lock your child, or children, inside of the vehicle on accident call the police immediately. After ensuring the police are on the way, you can also make a call to our Allentown locksmith to see if he is in the area to provide you with assistance. No matter the time of year, day or the weather, it is never a wise idea to leave your child unattended in a vehicle. Even if it is only for a matter of minutes, the results can be catastrophic.