It has been revealed that a mother may have deliberately left her toddler inside her four-wheel drive that was then towed from a clearway while she went to have a meal at a nearby café.
Yesterday towing company Nationwide Towing and Transport came under fire when it was reported one of their drivers towed away a vehicle parked in a Brunswick clearway, in Melbourne with a three-year-old child asleep inside.
Nationwide Towing and Transport operations manager Mark Beverage told 3AW that the driver had been unable to see the child because of the four-wheel-drive’s dark tinted windows.
The child slept in the car for more than half an hour. Via Istock.
He said the car had been in the clearway for about 15 minutes before it was loaded on the back of a flat-top truck.
Mr Beverage told Neil Mitchell part of the company’s procedure was to take photos of the vehicle and check if there were any people or animals inside.
"In this case the car had very dark tinted windows and you could see through the front windows and just see blankets in the back. The child was unfortunately asleep under the blankets," he said.
The driver pulled over after 15 minutes. Via Twitter.
Fifteen minutes down the road the driver had a call from dispatch after the mother of the car had reported her vehicle missing with her child inside.
A police operation had begun after the mother returned to find her car, and child missing, with fears the car had been stolen she contacted police.
Mr Beverage told Neil Mitchell the driver, now stopped on the side of the road again checked the back of the car through the windows but still could only see blankets. When police arrived and they finally opened the car they found the child.