At 9.30am yesterday it was 23 degrees in Melbourne.
Right around the country shoppers had flocked to the Boxing Day sales to try to score a bargain.
At Doncaster’s Westfield shopping center a 27-year-old mother joined thousands of others at the mall.
However this young mother may now face criminal charges after she left her 17-month-old boy alone in the car for an hour and a half.
A passer-by saw the baby and notified security.
“Investigators have been told that a woman drove to attend the sales at the shopping complex on Doncaster Road with a 17-month-old boy at about 9.30am,” Senior Constable Adam West told News Limited.
“She parked the car in an undercover car park and attended the centre alone.
“Security were notified of the unattended child by a passer-by at about 10am.
“They made numerous attempts to locate the owner of the car but were unsuccessful.
“Security removed the child and took him to their office where they were met by police,” he added.
The child’s mother who was from Doncaster was eventually found at 11am.
Luckily, despite the heat the 17-month old was checked over by ambulance crews and declaring in good health.
Police officers say they expect to charge the woman with the ‘unattended child offence’ and ‘learner driver fail to be accompanied by licensed driver’.
This is a story we have heard many times before.
Just ten days ago a Bendigo mother, Jayde Poole was committed to stand trial on a charge of manslaughter after she left her five-month-old baby daughter in a car for two-and-a-half hours by mistake.
Tragically in this case tiny Bella died.
In the committal hearing the Magistrate, David Cottrill said that he was satisfied the prosecution had proven beyond reasonable doubt Ms Poole had breached her duty of care and had a case to answer.
Mr Cottrill remanded Ms Poole, who is on bail, to appear in the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne on January 22 next year.
In Rockhampton in 2011 a father was sentenced to four years’ jail after pleading guilty to manslaughter over the death of his eight-month-old daughter – again forgotten about in the back of the car, parked in the driveway, in 27-degree heat.
His lawyer told the court it was “a case of a forgetful father”.
A Queensland man was placed on probation for two years after leaving his 14-month-old son in a car, windows wound up, while he played the pokies in a pub for 50 minutes in 2010.
In the same year a Brisbane father was jailed for six months after leaving his four-year-old son in the car while he visited a massage parlour.