Police say the mother who left her 14-month-old son in a parked car at an Ellenbrook shopping centre “forgot” about him.
Police were called to the Main Street and The Promenade, Ellenbrook carpark where they found the boy locked in a white Hyundai i30.
The child was visibly distressed (crying), hot and sweating before officers made the decision to smash a window to get him out of the car. St John Ambulance officers provided care at the scene and no hospitalisation was needed.
“It was established the parent had genuinely forgotten the child was left in the vehicle at the time and no charges will be preferred by police,” a police spokesperson said.
“Another family member arrived shortly afterwards to provide support to both the parent and the young boy.”
11 30AM: A 14-month-old baby boy has been rescued from a car parked at a Perth shopping centre, on a day where the temperature is forecast to reach a scorching 41C.
Police officers were forced to smash the car’s window around 9.50am to free the baby at an Ellenbrook shopping centre after he was left alone in the vehicle.
Centre management reportedly put out a call for the baby’s mother to return to the vehicle over the PA system before officers made the decision to smash the window.
It is believed a woman returned to the vehicle with a shopping trolley a short time later.
Police are now investigating the incident.