Harrowing moment female cop cradles a baby found locked inside car at a shopping centre – after mum’s common blunder
- Police rescued a baby girl from a hot car
- Officers smashed window to save three-month-old
Police have smashed open the window of a hot car to rescue a three-month-old baby girl at a shopping centre in Sydney’s south-west, after a mum accidentally locked her keys in the car.
The little girl was rescued from the car at Roselands Shopping Centre in Sydney’s south west just before 9am on Tuesday morning – with a harrowing picture emerging of a police officer tenderly cradling the baby girl.
The child was unharmed.
It comes just one day after cops and NRMA workers frantically smashed in the window of another vehicle at Dee Why shopping centre on the city’s northern beaches, rescuing two children.
A three-month-old baby girl was rescued from the car at Roselands Shopping Centre in Sydney’s south west just before 9am on Tuesday morning – with a harrowing picture emerging of a police officer tenderly cradling the baby girl (pictured)
Dramatic footage of that incident, obtained exclusively by Daily Mail Australia showed police officers using a hammer and baton to smash open the front passenger side window of the Honda hatchback in a car park at Dee Why on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
Alarmed shoppers had called emergency services after seeing the two children alone and strapped into the back of the locked car sometime after 2pm.
Both children were removed from the car unharmed with new images captured in the aftermath of the dramatic rescue showing a female police officer cradling the youngest child.
The driver, a young woman who rushed back to the car with her groceries to find it surrounded by police and onlookers, was spoken to by officers at the scene and could still face charges that carry a potential jail sentence.
NSW police confirmed on Tuesday that officers have ‘not yet’ charged the woman, but she could be liable under the Children and Young Persons Care and Protection Act.
If charged and convicted of failing to care for a child, she could face a maximum $22,000 fine or six months in prison.
NSW Law sets out that a person who leaves any child or young person in their care inside a motor vehicle without proper supervision for such a period that the child becomes emotionally distressed or physically impaired is guilty of an offence.
The witness who captured the dramatic incident on camera told Daily Mail Australia they saw NRMA roadside assistance arrive alongside Fire & Rescue NSW.
The witness believed another onlooker had called triple-zero after spotting the children inside.
The witness said the Honda’s driver had hurried back to the car with shopping and was ‘clearly in shock with what she was seeing’.
A cop takes a hammer and then a baton to the front passenger side window of a woman’s Honda hatchback after shoppers reported seeing two children inside the locked vehicle at Dee Why on Monday
A woman returning to the car with three bags of shopping after police successfully rescued two children, aged one and four, from the locked hatchback on Monday afternoon
‘It was certainly not “cool” in the parking garage so it is very dangerous to leave children alone in here,’ the witness said.
It comes just weeks after a toddler died in a sweltering car in Glenfield in south-west Sydney, as horrified family members broke down at the scene.
Temperatures in the Glenfield area reached 34C on February 2, the day the three-year-old was found in the vehicle outside a grocery store.
NSW Police officers also had to smash a window in order to reach the child inside, but they were too late.
What happens to children left in hot cars?
Children’s bodies heat up three-to-five times faster than adults do
The younger the child, the more vulnerable they are
On a 29C day, temperatures inside a car can reach 44C in just ten minutes
This can cause ‘serious injury’ and brain damage
After 20 minutes, the temperature reaches a fatal 60.2C, which could kill
Winding down the windows or parking in the shade will do little as it doesn’t affect the car’s core temperature