Baby left screaming in car

2012-01-12 00:00

A BABY was “rescued” by a journalist after his father left him alone in scorching heat of 31 degrees in a car park at Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban yesterday.

According to the hospital, the father had gone for a “quick” stop at a pharmacy.

The hospital spokesperson Santi Steinmann said: “The father parked outside the main reception entrance and told the security officer that he was just running into the pharmacy to collect medication. The windows of the vehicle were left open for ventilation for the child, as the father was going to be very quick.”

However, the journalist from Cape Town who rescued the baby boy, said the fact he was screaming his lungs out tells a different story.

Suzy Bell told The Witness terrible screams drew her attention to the car.

“We were walking past with my mom when we heard a baby crying. Luckily the window was slightly opened,” she said.

Bell said she was extremely concerned. She called the security guard on duty and they both pushed down the window to unlock the door.

It took them 15 minutes to get the “hot” baby out of the car.

They then fed him apple juice and water until the father showed up.

It is believed that the baby is three or four months old.

“He was obviously a little dehydrated. It’s irresponsible to leave the baby alone even if the window was opened a bit for air. Someone could have abducted him.

“You don’t leave a baby behind no matter what the situation. You take the baby with you. I’m glad the baby is fine,” she said.

The hospital said no case has been reported to the police because there was no harm done and the baby was not dehydrated.

A woman who left her six-month-old baby and two-year-old in the car last month at a shopping mall in Gauteng made a brief court appearance at Vereeniging Magistrate’s Court on Monday, facing charges of child neglect among others.

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