Police had to smash the windows of a car in the midday heat after a crying baby was found locked inside. When a parent of the child returned after officers broke in, they were given “strong words of advice”.
At around 1pm on Sunday May 7 police were called to the Truro car boot sale at Truro Cattle Market, in Cornwall, over concerns for the welfare of a baby that had been left inside a hot car and was reported to be in distress.
Upon arrival officers had to resort to smashing a window of the vehicle to free the child, who is believed to be around a year old, Cornwall Live reports.
A witness said: “A passer-by saw the baby in the car. It was hot and sunny, no windows were opened, the baby was hot and crying so the staff were called to the car and the police were called and smashed the window. The baby was okay after a cuddle from the police lady.
“It was nearly an hour by this time and then the mother turned up and the police took all her details. It’s bad enough dogs left in cars but a baby it is horrific.”
Police said the baby’s mum returned a short time later and was “strong words of advice”. Enquiries into the matter are ongoing.
Even if temperatures are moderate outside, the temperature within a car can be much higher.
A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Police were called at around 1pm yesterday to Truro car boot sale, following concerns for the welfare of a child, believed to be around a year old, who had been left in a car and was in distress.
“Officers attended and broke a window to access the vehicle and free the child. A parent of the child returned soon after and was given strong words of advice in relation to this matter.
“Enquiries continue into this matter.”