Mother charged after leaving infant child in vehicle in frigid conditions

Edmonton, Alberta – The Edmonton Police Service has charged an Edmonton mother, after officers rescued an infant child left in a parked vehicle Tuesday in – 28C weather.

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At approximately 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, 2016, Southwest Division patrol officers responded to a complaint received from a concerned citizen regarding an infant left in the back seat of an unattended vehicle.

Officers responded to a commercial parking lot near 96 Street and 82 Avenue, where they found a seven-month-old child sitting in the back seat of a locked, unattended Toyota. The vehicle was not running at that time.

After a lengthy, unsuccessful search for the driver of the vehicle in nearby businesses, and with the temperature plummeting to – 28C, officers decided to break the front driver’s side window and retrieve the crying infant.

The parent of the child, a 30-year-old woman, returned to the vehicle approximately 10 minutes later and was charged with causing a child to be in need of intervention.

The name of the accused isn’t being released to protect the identity of the complainant.

If you spot a child left alone in a car:

  • Call the police/911 immediately. Provide them with the location, license plate and vehicle description. If you have trouble connecting to emergency services, you can contact AMA Roadside Assistance at 1-800-222-4357.
  • Stay with the children until help arrives, and assist them if possible.
  • Ask for help from passers-by to canvas nearby businesses to find the driver. If you find the parent, please do not scold the parent – just stay focused on working together to get the child out of the vehicle.
  • Don’t let fear or lack of time prevent you from reporting unattended children. You may be saving their lives.

Edmonton Police Service
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