One-year-old child rescued from hot car at Vaughan Mills

A 42-year-old man, the child's dad, has been arrested and charged with leaving a child unattended

A 42-year-old Toronto man has been arrested after a one-year-old child was rescued from a hot car parked in York Region.

Police say someone spotted the child in the back seat at Vaughan Mills Mall yesterday afternoon and called 911.

When officers arrived, they found the girl sleeping in a Mazda van with no parent in sight.

Const Andy Pattenden says the windows of the van were left open about one inch, but the temperature outside the vehicle was more than 30 degrees with humidity.

Police were able to force a window and open and pull the child out.

"The child... was showing some obvious signs of exposure to high heat," Const Pattenden says. "She was hot to the touch, her skin was red and her hair was drenched with sweat."

The girl's father returned to the van about half an hour later and he was arrested. He has been charged with leaving a child unattended.

The child was taken to hospital as a precaution and has been released into the custody of her mother.

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  1. ToddK_2 posted on 07/14/2014 02:32 PM
    You wish Darwinism would only affect these stupid parents and not their offspring.
    1. tanjo posted on 07/14/2014 02:57 PM
      @ToddK_2 Never mind the charges. He is going to have to face his WIFE when he gets home.

      If I were him, I would considering entering the witless protection programme.
  2. frank posted on 07/14/2014 03:54 PM
    WHEN ARE CHILDREN GOING TO RECEIVE DAMAGES FOR THE HARM THEY HAVE SUFFERED? Children must have the same rights as everyone else.
  3. lias posted on 07/14/2014 04:31 PM
    The courts need to compensate this child for any harm suffered. For too long we have ignored the rights and financial estates of children, which only encourages negligent parents. A $100K judgment filed with the auto insurer would result in heavy premium increases and frighten all of the province's drivers into correct child care.
    1. tanjo posted on 07/15/2014 07:34 AM
      @lias Really? $100K is really not much to an insurance company. And the premium increase, while annoying, would be a drop in the bucket compared to what a parent spends on a child over the course of their life.

      In most cases the problem is ignorance, not a willful act of violence. If the fact that a child almost died doesn't send a message, I don't think a financial penalty will help.
  4. Frankie posted on 07/15/2014 12:16 PM
    It appears from news reports this father deliberately left his child in the car which is completely inexcusable. That differs from accidentally leaving ones kids. When our first child was 2 months old we left our house to drive somewhere, started backing out of our driveway, then realized we forgot we had a kid alone at home. Fortunately it was the only time we ever forgot any of our kids.

    I can empathize with those who've had a similar lapse.
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