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Police reminder: don't leave kids, pets in the car

Man in London, ON charged with child abandonment

As the mercury creeps higher, police are reminding parents and caretakers not to leave kids and pets alone in the car this summer.

Police in London, ON were called to a mall parking late Saturday afternoon where a 14-month baby old had been been left in a locked car, the windows rolled up.

Police broke the window with a baton to get the child out. The baby was treated at a local hospital for non life-threatening injuries though police wouldn't say what kind exactly.

A man has been charged with child abandonment. It isn't clear what his relationship to the baby is.

Last June, Maximus Huyskens died in the backseat of his grandmother's car in Milton. The mercury hit 30 degrees that day, it felt hotter with the humidity. Maximus was just shy of his second birthday.

Leslie MacDonald plead guilty to failing to provide the necessities of life. She was given a suspended sentence and two years probation.

MacDonald picked Maximus up at her daughter's house the morning of June 26, 2013.  She was supposed to take him to daycare, but seemingly forgot and instead of going to the daycare, drove home.  At some point that day, MacDonald moved her car but didn't notice Maximus still in his carseat.

Just before 5:00pm she went to pick the boy's daycare to pick him up and was told he had never arrived.  When MacDonald went back to her car, she found her grandson dead in the backseat.

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  1. Karl Burgin posted on 06/02/2014 09:24 AM
    I gotta give props to the cops for raising awareness from now. The amount of incidents last year with this was just too high.
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