Boy, 8, was hid­ing in his mum’s van when found

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS -

AN eight-year-old boy rushed to hos­pi­tal in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion had hid him­self in the back of his mother’s van in Mel­bourne and spent sev­eral hours in­side the ve­hi­cle be­fore he was found.

The young­ster was found “un­re­spon­sive” by his mother about 2.45pm on Mon­day as the tem­per­a­ture soared to more than 30C.

“The boy’s mother dropped her chil­dren at pri­mary school in the morn­ing how­ever, didn’t re­alise one of the kids had climbed into the rear of the car and hid him- self,” Vic­to­ria Po­lice spokes­woman Leonie John­son said yes­ter­day. “She has driven to work and parked her car with­out know­ing he was in there.”

Af­ter she made the shock­ing dis­cov­ery, emer­gency ser­vices rushed to Mad­dox Rd at sub­ur­ban New­port and took the child to the Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal where he re­mains in a se­ri­ous con­di­tion.

Po­lice ini­tially called in the homi­cide squad, but have since con­firmed they are treat­ing the in­ci­dent as an ac­ci­dent. TAY­LOR Swift has an­nounced her first tour dates off the back of her new al­bum Rep­u­ta­tion and, while Aus­tralia isn’t on the list, there’s one big clue point­ing to the star’s ar­rival Down Un­der.

Swift an­nounced 27 sta­dium dates across North Amer­ica from May to Oc­to­ber, but Aus­tralian fans can regis­ter their in­ter­est in an Aus­tralian tour on Tick­etek’s web­site.

She is ex­pected to re­veal Aus­tralian dates in a later tour an­nounce­ment.

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