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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