Critically ill boy hid from mum in hot car
An eight-year-old boy found in a critical condition in a hot car in Melbourne’s west hid in the rear of the family vehicle during the school drop-off without his mother knowing and spent a “long period of time” in the back before he was found.
Police said the woman dropped her children off at school in the morning and then headed to work, parking the car in Newport, west of Melbourne.
She did not know her son was hiding in the back.
“The mother dropped her children at primary school in the morning but didn’t realise one of the kids climbed into the rear of the car and hid,’’ police said.
“She drove to work and parked her car without knowing he was in there.’’
The boy remained in the car for a “long period of time” during the day before he was found. Temperatures on Monday were above 30C. The boy remains in a critical condition at the Royal Children’s Hospital.
His mother is on the staff at the Newport Gardens Primary School. Principal Simon McGlade confirmed the child was the son of a staff member.
The Australian understands while car doors and boots are required to be able to be unlocked from the inside, a rear door on the Kia Grand Carnival has no such requirement as there is access to the standard doors.
Kidsafe Victoria general manager Jason Chambers said children were more susceptible to dehydration and heat exhaustion than adults as their body temperatures could climb three to five times faster than adults’.
He said it was important for parents to be alert as temperatures inside cars quickly rise.