Car towed from Melbourne clearway with sleeping three-year-old child inside.
A driver mistakenly towed away a vehicle parked in a Brunswick clearway, in Melbourne with a three-year-old child asleep inside.
Nationwide Towing and Transport operations manager Mark Beverage told 3AW that the driver had been unable to see the child because of the four-wheel-drive’s dark tinted windows.
He said the car had been in the clearway for about 15 minutes before it was loaded on the back of a flat-top truck.
Mr Beverage told Neil Mitchell part of the company’s procedure was to take photos of the vehicle and check if there were any people or animals inside.
“In this case the car had very dark tinted windows and you could see through the front windows and just see blankets in the back. The child was unfortunately asleep under the blankets,” he said.
A police operation had begun after the mother returned to find her car, and child missing, with fears the car had been stolen she contacted police.
Despite the woman initially telling officers she had only briefly left her car to use the bathroom in the nearby Fahita’s Restaurant, security footage from the street shows the vehicle was parked in a clearway zone for more than 30 minutes before it was towed.
Nine News reports that footage has revealed the mother hanging a sheet and a jumper to cover the back windows of the Toyota Prado.
Security vision provided to Nine News has shown that nine minutes after first leaving her car to enter the nearby Fahita’s Restaurant the mother and a teenager returned to check on the sleeping child in the backseat, but then left again confident the child was still asleep.
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