Baby girl found “bright red” and suffering heat stroke when discovered in a car parked in full sun last weekend, on a day when the temperature soared to almost 40C.

Manjimup police officers received calls about the 16-month-old from worried passers-by in the South-West town.

Sergeant Paul Williams alleged the mother parked her car in the main street of Bridgetown while she went to work at a local hotel, leaving the baby for almost an hour.

“We took the child out of the car and took her to hospital for immediate medical treatment,” Sgt Williams said.

“Her whole body was bright red — as if she had been sunburnt.

“Had it gone on for much longer, there could have been far more serious consequences.”

The woman has been charged via summons with leaving a child unsupervised in a vehicle — a charge that carries a maximum sentence of three years in jail or a $36,000 fine.

Australian Medical Association WA president and obstetrician Michael Gannon said  “The nature of heat stroke is that you can fairly quickly develop multiple organ failure and you can die,” he said.

“Even fit and healthy adults can get very sick in a hurry.”

Minister for Child Protection Helen Morton said the risks associated with leaving children in cars for any period of time could not be overstated.

“It takes only a few minutes for the temperature in a car to reach lethal levels, putting a child in a life-threatening situation,” she said.

“As obvious as it seems, we need to be extra vigilant and develop fail-safe checks for remembering there is a child in our car. This can be as simple as putting your wallet, handbag or phone next to the child’s car seat.”

No Exceptions, No Excuses is the latest campaign launched by Rebecca Judd to highlight the risks of leaving children in cars even for a few minutes.

Every year across Australia, over 5,000 kids are left unattended in cars.

In a campaign with Matt Moran, Kidsafe highlighted how easy it is to cook your dinner in a hot car. Imagine how the kids feel!

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  • What is wrong with these people. This keeps happening over and over again. Makes my blood boil that adults treat children like this. Hope that the little girl is well now and receiving care.


  • this seems to be happening a lot lately. so sad and totally preventable.


  • I can’t believe people continue to do this.


  • Thank goodness she was found before it was too late! How could anyone leave a child in a hot car for that long? And how long did she intend on leaving her if she was working? Hours? I hope she gets what’s needed to ensure she never endangers her child again.


  • Thank god for that baby girl that passer-bys did something and not just neglect her like her own mother.


  • wow, don’t know the mum’s side of the story! she went to work! wow, lucky for the kindness of strangers here!


  • This situation could have gone so differently. Thank you to the community for calling for assistance, for taking care of this precious little one.


  • Unreal, i still don’t understand how mums say they ‘forgot’ the baby how crazy how do you forget your child!


  • What on EARTH?!!! How could anyone leave their child in the car in the first place but to then go to work! OMG! That is…just OMG!


  • Wow just wow… it is one thing to duck into the shops to buy milk (and even that is unacceptable) but to go off to work and leave a child in the car is a whole new level…


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  • Lke it


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