‘Strange and neg­li­gent’

Po­lice hit out af­ter chil­dren left in cars

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Ali Al Shouk @alial­shouk ali.shouk@7days.ae

Seven chil­dren have been res­cued from locked cars in the past week, Dubai Po­lice have said, as they hit out at “neg­li­gent” par­ents who put their kids’ lives at risk.

Of­fi­cers spoke out as it was re­vealed that they have been called to res­cue 91 chil­dren so far this year. In many cases, par­ents left their chil­dren in the car as they went shop­ping.

Colonel Ah­mad Burqaibah, Deputy Di­rec­tor of the Search and Res­cue De­part­ment at Dubai Po­lice, said: “Par­ents should never leave their chil­dren unat­tended in a car, even for a few min­utes.

“Those few min­utes might end the life of your child.”

De­scrib­ing one in­ci­dent, he said a mother an­swered her phone and for­got her twoyear-old son was in the back.

Burqaibah said: “She for­got her baby and left the car keys in­side and en­tered the build­ing.”

He said a passer-by spot­ted the child and called po­lice, who broke into the car and ex­tracted the child. He said: “We were hold­ing the baby and search­ing for his mother when she came back and said that she didn’t no­tice she for­got her baby, be­cause she was busy speak­ing with her friend on the phone. “It’s a strange in­ci­dent of neg­li­gence.” He said that in most cases chil­dren are left in­side with the keys and they then ac­ti­vate the cen­tral lock­ing sys­tem. When the par­ent re­turns, they can­not open the doors.

The tem­per­a­ture in­side a ve­hi­cle can al­most dou­ble in a short space of time.

Af­ter one res­cue in 2013, po­lice said the tem­per­a­ture in­side the ve­hi­cle was 77C – al­most twice the 40C tem­per­a­ture that day.

In an­other in­ci­dent, po­lice res­cued two girls, aged three and one, when their mother left them in the car in Dubai Me­dia City. When she re­turned, she couldn’t get the door open.

Po­lice also took a one-year-old baby boy to hospi­tal af­ter his fa­ther left him in­side the car.

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