Schoolboy hid in car
Mum never knew he was still there
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.