Dad left his five-year-old son in the car on a hot day so he could play the pokies.

The 32-year-old, Sydney man, parked his car in the loading zone outside the Guildford Hotel on a 40-degree day last month, reports 9 news.

For one hour, the dad left his young son inside the vehicle with the air conditioning on while he played on gaming machines.

A parking inspector who booked the vehicle alerted police to the boy inside the car.

The father made full admissions to officers and said he only did it because the child was not allowed inside the hotel.

He was also driving while his licence was cancelled, and will be sentenced next month.

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  • Gambling is more important than his son ??? Why didn’t he get somebody to mind his child in a home?? Imagine if the motor had stopped. If the Parking Inspector hadn’t noticed the child and notified the Police how long would the guy have stayed and played the pokies. ….and he shouldn’t have been driving anyway – minor offence compared to child neglect. He should be charged for that first.


  • It’s hard to believe people are this stupid.


  • I heard the news report and it said that the father had left the car’s air conditioning on and the car was not locked, but this still leaves the child vulnerable to carjackers and predators. The dad has a gambling problem and needs serious help.


  • I hope they throw the book at him.


  • Parents who think like this shouldn’t have animals let alone kids


  • Oh my!!! That little boy could have died. Does he realize that?


  • OMG! This is appalling!


  • Disgusting! This makes me so angry!!


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