Close call for toddler

PARENTS have been warned of the dangers of young children being locked in cars following the emergency rescue of a dehydrated toddler near Coffs Harbour.

Police officers helped the distraught parents rescue their two-year-old daughter this week after she was locked inside the vehicle in direct sunlight for almost an hour.

The parents of the child inadvertently left the keys to their newly purchased four wheel drive inside the vehicle.

It’s believed a door blew shut and an automatic locking system activated and the parents could not get to their daughter.

Police say officers arrived at the Mount Browne Road property at Karangi 15 minutes after fielding the call.

The child’s father attempted to smash the side window of the vehicle with a star picket, but could not gain access through the shatter proof glass.

Under the full heat of the sun, the child reportedly showed show signs of distress, sweating profusely in temperatures as hot as 30 degrees.

A decision was made that there was no time to manipulate a lock so an officer broke the back windscreen and climbed into the vehicle returning the child to the care of her relieved parents.

It’s believed the couple had only just purchased the vehicle a day before the emergency.

The NRMA was also notified of the incident on Monday afternoon, with a roadside assistant attending the scene.

Yesterday the motor body revealed there have been 337 cases of children being locked in cars across New South Wales over the past three months.



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