A young child has been rushed to hospital fighting for his life after becoming trapped in a hot car, in Melbourne’s west.

Police and paramedics were called to an address at Maddoxs Road, Newport just after 2.45pm in relation to an incident involving a child, police confirmed to 7 News.

An eight-year-old boy is fighting for life after being found by one of his parents unresponsive and trapped in a car. It is believed she is a staff member at a nearby school.

It is not yet known how he became locked in the car, but police said the incident is not believed to be suspicious.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Fire Brigade confirmed the child had been trapped in the vehicle.

Temperatures reached 34C in Melbourne on Monday.

Police have released a statement reading:Hobson Bay Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating after a child was located in a car this afternoon in Maddox Road, Newport.

Emergency service were called when the eight-year-old boy was located unresponsive in a car by one of his parents at about 2.45pm.

The boy was transported to hospital in a critical condition.

It is unclear at this time how the boy came to be in the car however the incident is not believed to be suspicious at this time.

Homicide Squad detectives have been notified as per protocol. They are assisting only at this time.”

More details to come…

No Exceptions, No Excuses highlights the risks of leaving children in cars even for a few minutes.

The campaign’s safety messages remind families and care givers that:
•A child’s body temperature rises three to five times faster than an adult’s because of their underdeveloped immune system.
•On a typical Australian summer day, the temperature inside a parked car can be 20 to 30 degrees hotter than the temperature outside.
•Leaving the car windows down slightly has little effect on the inside temperature.

The figures are not acceptable with over 5,000 kids left unattended in cars every year across Australia.

Parents or carers who leave their children unattended in a car can face fines up to $3700 and six months’ jail.

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  • So sad to hear about this – evidently the young child thought the car was a great hiding spot and didn’t realise he had locked to door once he was in and unable to unlock it to get out again. Such a tragedy.

    • Some cars have special optional locks on their rear doors so children can’t open them from the inside. Some kid would fiddle with handles when the car is moving. I know the car that we bought new in 1984 had them. It was a standard car, by no means luxurious or expensive. I’m not aware of them being on front doors of cars. The child may not have thought to try to open the front doors.


  • This is a very heartbreaking story, very sad indeed.


  • At first I was thinking it was a toddler and this is just as serious, but what I don’t understand is why an 8 year old wasn’t able to get out of the car. No matter the reason I just hope this young lad is okay. Sending prayers to him and his parents. God speed his recovery


  • Oh my word! I hope he recovers, what a terrible thing to have to find!


  • Oh my God! This is such a tragic story and one where the parent is not to blame. This family must be so distressed and going through hell. I hope this little boy is okay and my prayers are with him.


  • oh my goodness, what a terrible situation. That poor Mum must be beside herself.


  • There are some news now. Apparently he was hiding from the mother. The mother left him and her other kids at school, but somehow this boy climbed back into the car without the mother realizing it, and she went to work. It looks like the child is in stable condition.
    What I wonder is why the school didn’t contact the mother when the child failed to appear in class.
    Here the article: https://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/child-critically-injured-after-being-trapped-in-ho/3264277/

    • Thanks for the update, it really is crazy that schools after doing roll call do not contact a parent, this should be mandatory so all children can be accounted for. The other thing is I wonder how come this kid did not know how to get out of the car, are some cars so locked that you cannot unlock from the inside? Very sad I hope he ends up okay after this terrifying experience.

      • Yes thanks for the update ! High schools often do contact the parents when a kid is absent, but also here the primary school doesn’t.
        Wonder if this incident will cause primary schools to do so.

      • Indeed. Probably it’s something not that common in primary school. My daughter is in high school and if your child is not at school, by 9 am, you receive an sms to contact the school.
        Strange indeed that he couldn’t get out. Unless somehow he fell asleep? Poor family. What a scare!!


  • This poor mum. You would never forgive yourself. Hope he makes a full recovery.


  • A bizarre incident – a very young child could accidentally get locked in a car, but an eight year old …. ?? Hope the reasons behind this tragic accident are found and that the boy makes a full recovery.


  • Aw bless, hope and pray he’ll be ok !!


  • Strange accident – which means it may have been hard to avoid.


  • let kids learn how to toot the car horn, then accidents could be less serious


  • He’s 8 years old. They say that he was trapped. Maybe he went inside, he was playing or something and the parents didn’t realize it. And somehow he couldn’t go out. Let’s hope he survives.


  • Oh please, be so careful with children and cars. The poor little child, RIP.


  • You do not leave children or a baby in a car on a hot day,what are the parents thinking!


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