School­boy hid in car

Mum never knew he was still there

Herald Sun - - NEWS - ASH­LEY ARGOON AND ANEEKA SIMONIS ash­ @ashar­goon

AN eight-year-old boy who hid in the back of his fam­ily car and found un­re­spon­sive in swel­ter­ing heat hours later re­mains in a se­ri­ous con­di­tion.

The boy’s mother had dropped her kids at St Mar­garet Mary’s Pri­mary School in Spotswood on Mon­day morn­ing. But she didn’t re­alise her son had climbed into the rear of the mini-van.

She drove less than four kilo­me­tres to work, at New- port Gar­dens Pri­mary, and parked the black Kia Car­ni­val about 100m from the school.

Hours later, at about 2.45pm, she found her son un­re­spon­sive in the car on Mad­dox Rd.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called just be­fore 3pm.

The mer­cury had hit 32C that af­ter­noon.

But tem­per­a­tures in­side a ve­hi­cle can dou­ble that of the out­side air in minutes.

The boy was taken to the Royal Chil­dren's Hos­pi­tal and re­mained in a se­ri­ous con­di­tion last night.

Vic­to­ria Po­lice is now treat­ing the in­ci­dent as an ac­ci­dent af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by lo­cal de­tec­tives.

The homi­cide squad had as­sisted af­ter be­ing no­ti­fied ac­cord­ing to po­lice pro­to­col.

Chil­dren and staff of St Mar­garet Mary’s, where the fam­ily’s kids at­tend, were be­ing of­fered coun­selling.

Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion Mel­bourne ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Stephen El­der said sup­port was avail­able.

“Coun­selling is be­ing made avail­able to stu­dents and staff at St Mar­garet Mary’s Spotswood af­ter an in­ci­dent yes­ter­day when a mem­ber of the school fam­ily was found in a car,” he said yes­ter­day.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the fam­ily of the child and the school com­mu­nity.”

The Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion re­leased a state­ment say­ing sup­port and coun­selling was be­ing of­fered to the child’s fam­ily and those af­fected by the tragedy.

“Our thoughts are with the fam­ily at this very dif­fi­cult time,” a spokesman said.

On av­er­age, four Vic­to­rian kids are left in hot cars a day with 1562 calls made to paramedics last year to res­cue or treat chil­dren.

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