Kids locked in car

Australia
December 20, 2007 5:29am CST
Today I got a call from a friend that they are going on holiday for 2 weeks starting on tuesday. As I had to get a present for her little one I told my husband to take me to the shops. As it was raining a lot we decided to look for parking in the multy level car park. We found a spot at the very bottom and got out of the car. As we walked to the shops I looked into one of the cars and I saw 3 kids in side. I looked around and could not see anyone in the car park. The kids were about 5,3 and a small baby about 5-6 months. I walked to the car and the oldes boy unlocked the car and I told him no sweety lock the car and dont get out. I told my husband to go get security. I asked the boy where his mother was he told me she went to buy few things. So I just moved away and waited for security. 2 security guys came and said I did the right thing by not letting the kids out. They gave the kids water and told me to go. I went shoping about 30 min later when I got back they were still waiting and told me to come over and fill a form. While I was doing this the mother came. She could not see what she did wrong. She said she was away for only 10 min and that her kids are very responcible (excuse me I dont see how can such young kids be responsible and if they were they opened the door to a total stranger). I dont know what happened as I was told I was free to go.
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11 responses
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
20 Dec 07
Another idiotic irresponsable parent... Why are we turning out so many of these people?
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• Australia
20 Dec 07
I have no idea and on top she said I was in there for 10 min (which is not true) as if that makes it ok.
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@uath13 (8207)
• United States
20 Dec 07
They should have taken the kids to the office & not left a note. Let her get back & totally freak out, that is if she CARED enough to freak out. Probably wouldn't.... I hope DHS throws the book at her.
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• Australia
20 Dec 07
Yes I wish it was that easy but I think they cant do that for legal reasons.
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@bellaofchaos (11550)
• United States
20 Dec 07
My word, I can't imagine ever doing that to my five. I have only let them sit inside the car while i was de snowing it being right beside the van or while i was pumping gas if i didn't pay at the pump it was everyone get out and lets go pay. my kids are 8,7,6,5, and 4. they are by no means responsible enough to be by themselves in a car while a worthless mother shops. I hope that the mother has realized her wrong and that she has someone keeping an eye on her so she doesn't do it agian. You and your husband did the right thing.
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• Australia
21 Dec 07
By the look of it I dont think she thinks she did anything wrong I hope later when she got home and she had some time to think about it she will see that what we did was for the best. I know that now its hectic going shoping but it still it does not make it ok.
• United States
21 Dec 07
I completely agree with you ... It's not right to leave a child in the car alone. Nothing makes it right. You did the right thing and I hope that she has some involvement by some various agencies. Also As i stated I have five kids, it's not always fun to drag them here and there but you know what I do it because it's best for them.. Maybe someone will get through to them and you were just the spark that they needed to start the process.
• Australia
21 Dec 07
I have 1 child and somethimes it can be a nightmare going shoping so I do understand how hard it could be with 2,3,4,5 or more.
• Canada
20 Dec 07
OMG that is so wrong. That woman is lucky I didn't find her kids. I would have had called the police and they would have taken them out of her care, thats how it works here. Ok I just went and had a break for a min and had a smoke outside and was thinkin I think I would probably taken the persons license plate down gotten security and gone in and asked for the intercom and alerted the person of the situatuin and told the person how cruel they were LOL I hate people like this. There have been so many kids dying because they are left in cars. My kids come into the store with me even if I am only getting 1 thing.
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• Australia
20 Dec 07
Now that I think about it I could have done things a different way but its something that yiu cant prepare for. The reason I called security first was because the kids were in no danger and I didnt think the mother was going to be away for so long. My son loves to go with my husband when he goes to put petrol in the car but he refuses to get out of the car in the petrol station so if I cant go with them he doesnt go. Better that he cries for 2 min than me crying till the day I die if something was going to happen.
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• Canada
20 Dec 07
That is so true. I usually let my kids stay in the car at the gas station just because I am usually parked right outside the door and I have the keys with me. Yea I think everyones first instinct is to do just as you did because NO ONE thinks they will see that. I'm just glad you found them and they were ok at that point. I seriously hope she reconsiders doing that again.
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• United States
21 Dec 07
Good grief, people are such morons! I don't have kids and I still would never do that to my nieces and nephews. I think people should have to pass some sorta parenting school before being allowed to even have children.
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• Australia
22 Dec 07
I agree that people should have some parenting clases. We need licance and permits to do many things in life but anyone can have a child. Some people need help I dont think there is a parents out there who has never said oh I wish I knew how to do this or that.
@deebomb (15323)
• United States
20 Dec 07
This sort of thing just makes me so angry. Too many kids have been killed by deydration and heat suffication. Ther other day I was shopping and when I went to my car there was a toddler setting in his car seat. No one else was around. I got so angry I ent back into the store and let them know. A lady came out and looked at the car then they called for the owner to please come forward while they watched the car. In the mean time 2 other big car parked between the store window and the car with the baby. I finally left so I don't know what happened. I just don't understand why it is so hard to take the kids into the store. I saw a lady shopping with 5 all under 5 and one was an infant so I know it can be done. It is so dangerious to leave little ones in the cars.
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• Australia
20 Dec 07
I agree to many things can go wrong eg. heat, cold, child preditors, child can start the car, another car can smash into the child. Why would they do it I have no idea. I really think there should be hars penalty for that if the parents dont care for the kids they might do it knowing they would be fined. Same goes with car seats and belts most people that dont follow that say oh they (police) will never catch me they dont say oh hang on it might help if there was a car crash.
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
20 Dec 07
HOLY HECK! I hope the security called the police, and the police called childrens aid, i mean if she would leave those kids in the car WHAT ELSE would she do!! Does she ever leave them at home. What could happen to that poor 5-6 month old, how can a baby be responsible? I really wish people like this were somehow screened before they were allowed to hvae children! i mean its not the kids fault of course, but now if they are taken from their mother, then not only does the mother suffer but the children do as well. Poor kids.
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• United States
20 Dec 07
Wow! What was this women thinking? Anything could have happened to them kids. I would not even consider leaving a 14-year-old kid in the car that long. There are many type of people in this world and someone could have taken and hurt them. You did the right thing, I would have done the same. God Bless you and your husband. Merry Christmas
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• Australia
20 Dec 07
Merry Christmas to you as well. I still cant belive that people still do things like that expecially since there was a baby in the car. Fair enough it wasnt hot but you never know who is out there.
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@Stephanie5 (2947)
• United States
21 Dec 07
I know, some people just have NO brains!!! I went to Walmart one day in late July. It was so hot. The heat index was 110 degrees. I pull up, get all my kids out (which takes 10 minutes) and while I was getting mine out one of mine said "Hey mom, there is a baby in that car." I looked over a couple times as I was getting mine out and sure enough there was. He was maybe 6-8 months old. He had nothing on but a diaper and was covered with a blanket! I called the police, they came about 5 minutes later, we waited, and waited. The police had to run her license plate number and have her paged in the store. I had to get my kids out of the heat and went in as she came out. I recieved a summons in the mail sometime later to appear as a witness in court for her case.....They never even called me up and she was just told not to do it again. THis was in the winter time and she had no coat or shoes on the same baby she left in the hot car. I bet that baby doesn't have a very nice life, but nobody cared.
• Australia
22 Dec 07
Oh my god some people really dont have any brain. But yes they do nothing to the parents that do this. Your fast thinking might have saved the poor baby's life.
@mandy_27 (67)
• Australia
21 Dec 07
Oh my god!!!!!!!!!!!!. I don't know what to say. That is so wrong, and I think she can get a fine for doing that. Those poor children.She said she was only gone 10 minutes, you said you were about 30 minutes, wounder how long they were in the car before you found them??
• Australia
21 Dec 07
All in all it was about 50 min since I saw them till she came (I was shoping for 30 min). I do hope that she gets some sort of punishment (fine, parenting clases or something).
@lbinkley (1078)
• United States
20 Dec 07
How could ANYONE leave their babies in the car that long? I'm sorry, but even 5 years old is still a baby to me. And obviously they weren't that responsible if they opened the door for you and didn't even know you! And obviously it was a lot more than 10 minutes too if what you are posting here is true! It really angers me when people have such disregard for their kids!!! What kind of parent does that? UGH! Those poor children. What if something had happened to them? I hope that woman got into some big trouble! You just can't leave your babies alone like that, anything could happen. And it's sad that you have to have such a negative view of the world these days, but it's the truth!
• Australia
21 Dec 07
well it was far more than 10 min when we got in the car park there was no one there, I waited by the car while my husband went to get security which was at least 5 min, it took me another 5 to explain and wait with the security and then went shoping got the present (waited to pay and you know how busy it is) went back and waited few more min till the security came back with the form. I filled the form and waited few morw min and she showed up. So It was a long time, Far too long for the kids. And yes he opened the door but then again I had my 4 year old son with me so the boy could have done it because of that but still...
@dayzz25 (552)
• United States
20 Dec 07
That is crazy. I don't understand what people are thinking when they do stuff like that. All you have to do is turn on the news and you hear about kids being murdered, killed and raped. You did a very wonderful thing, I applaud you. You may have saved those kid's life. I think that the mother should have to go through some kind of classes or maybe even be put on probation for child neglect or endangerment. I'm not saying her kids should be taken away from her because I don't know her and how she normally treats her children. Also I think that family services should get involved and have meetings in their home at least once a week to watch how the kids are being treated at home. Have a great day and Merry Christmas.
• Australia
21 Dec 07
I dont think they will do much to her to be honest as you say things happen all the time and no one pays atention to that. Kids are been abused in many ways all the time and we see again and again that they just represent numbers and nothing more.