Boy trapped in hot car had been hid­ing

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS -

A BOY, 8, rushed to hos­pi­tal in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion, had hid him­self in the back of his mother’s van in Mel­bourne and spent 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 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 him­self,” Vic­to­ria Po­lice spokes­woman Le- to onie John­son said yes­ter­day. Emer­gency ser­vices rushed the child to the Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal where he re­mains in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

Po­lice ini­tially called in the homi­cide squad, but have since con­firmed they are treat­ing the in­ci­dent as an ac­ci­dent.

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