August 12, 2014 12:32 pm

Montreal police rescue baby left in hot car in mall parking lot

MONTREAL — Another baby was left alone in a vehicle with the windows rolled up in a shopping mall parking lot in Montreal on Tuesday morning.

Montreal police spokesperson Manuel Couture told Global News that police were at the scene at approximately 11:15 a.m. in the parking lot of the Galeries d’Anjou shopping centre.

Officers broke the car window and rescued the 16-month-old baby girl.

“We don’t have any information yet concerning where the mother was,” said Couture.

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“The only information we have is that she wasn’t around the vehicle.”

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Couture confirmed that the baby was checked by Urgences Santé and is doing fine.

The child was reportedly left in the vehicle for less than 45 minutes.

“Here? I’m so shocked,” said Carole Racette.

“I thought it happens somewhere else but not here. It’s pretty sad.”

Some parents sympathize with the 30-year-old mother.

“It’s easy to say I’m just going to run in for a minute and leave them,” said Mara Cavalieri.

“Sometimes that minute turns into – you meet someone you know, it just happened to me – and it ends up being 20 minutes of half an hour.”

This is not the first time a baby has been left in a car in Montreal this summer. 

In July, a mother who left her seven-month-old boy alone in a parked car outside the Rockland shopping centre for 45 minutes was fined $100.

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The baby’s mother was fined $60 for leaving a child unattended in a vehicle.

She may face charges of criminal negligence, and the incident has been reported to social services.

“Many awareness campaigns have been done,” Couture said.

“I can’t comment on why parents are continuing to do this.”

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