Stranger helped police save a four-year-old boy left inside a car in hot weather.

The woman noticed a young child appearing asleep in a car parked in a shopping centre on Sunday in New Farm, inner Brisbane, reports Daily Mail.

She called her husband, concerned about the hot conditions, who alerted police who arrived on the scene quickly to remove the child via an unlocked door.

The police said they placed the child in a vehicle with air conditioning to cool down.

The young boy was taken to Lady Cilento Hospital as a precaution.

“The man has been charged with one count of leaving a child under 12 unattended”, Queensland police said in statement.

‘Police are urging the community never to leave children unattended in vehicles – particularly in the current severe heatwave conditions being experienced in southern parts of Queensland.’

A hot car can kill

– On a typical summer day, the temperature inside a car (even with the windows rolled down a little) can quickly rise above 50 to 60 degrees.

– Even on a relatively mild day, the temperature inside a car can get above 40 degrees.

– At those temperatures, children are at great risk for heat stroke, which can lead to a high fever, dehydration, seizures, stroke and death.

– Anyone who sees a child left unattended in a vehicle is urged to contact Triple Zero immediately and help make sure the child gets out as soon as possible.

Last month we shared the story of a Mum to face court after she allegedly left four young children in a locked car during an extreme heat in Sydney.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments. 

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  • ok so the child was left in a car plus it was unlocked? wow!


  • I am amazed that people are still leaving children in cars during our hot summers. One would think that all these deaths over the past few years would have switched some light bulbs on in their heads.


  • Disaster averted. But it may not have turned out so well if someone hadn’t noticed!


  • This makes me sick. It is senseless and still happening every day in every city around Australia. We saw the Emergency Services smashing into a car on our cooler Sunday, but it was still warm in the car. What are people/parents thinking? It’s not okay.


  • Glad this story ended well.
    I bet this dad has learned his lesson.


  • All other moms have summed this up all I can add is that I am so pleased the little one was rescued safely.


  • How could he be so thoughtless. The heat could have killed this little boy. Glad someone had the courage to call for help and the little one was put safely into a car with air-conditioning. I hope he learns a valuable lesson after this stupid act


  • I can’t believe people can continue to be so stupid to leave kids in that car. That boy is so lucky to be alive. Shame on the parents that do that, they should be locked up.


  • I can not believe a parent could be so irrisponsible as to leave a baby or child in a car on a hot day.
    Do they not have any feelings or brains. Do they not care about the child?
    They should be left in the car with windows up and see how they like it. A charging them with neglect is not enough. It is attemped manslaughter


  • It is common knowledge a hot car can kill children.


  • Wont people ever learn??????????


  • There is consistent messages on all types of media reminding people not to leave kids unattended in a motor vehicle. Not just Police or Ambulance people have made appeals in the media. Voluntary groups have spoken about it too.


  • I recently discovered a young boy of about 8 years old sitting alone in a car whilst father was nowhere to be seen. This was in a shopping car park in Rowville Vic. Security acted quickly and police called. The father was unable to understand that it was an issue as the window was down a bit. Remove the children I say. The child was so very lucky. So dangerous and stupid


  • Just absolutely no excuse for this. Thank goodness the child was spotted by the bystander.


  • Sorry, this parent should be charged with attempted murder. How many times do people have to be told?


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