News24

Child rescued from locked car

2012-05-26 14:33

Durban - A seven-year-old boy was left in a locked car in the parking lot of a mall in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday, paramedics said.

"According to witnesses, bystanders witnessed a seven-year-old boy in distress as he was locked in a vehicle and left without adult supervision," said ER24 spokesperson Andre Visser.

Bystanders called police to the scene.

"When ER24 paramedics arrives at the scene, police officers had broken a window of the vehicle to gain access to the child and extricated him from the vehicle."

The boy was treated for dehydration and taken to hospital.

Visser said the incident would be investigated.

Comments
  • John - 2012-05-26 14:38

    The person that did this should be locked in the car for a week, in Upington.

      Gestoffle - 2012-05-26 14:39

      What normal person does this? This happens far too often and should be aligned with attempted murder charges!

      Squeegee - 2012-05-26 15:18

      People so often do things without considering the possible consequences. You usually find this in younger people, but some never grow up and think for themselves.

      Peter - 2012-05-26 20:24

      Ja and they must pump fart gas through the vents

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-26 22:51

      Nice Peter. Very civilized.

  • sboniswa.mzimela - 2012-05-26 14:40

    Stupid parent/s...they should be arrested, how can they leave a child inside a car? bast***ards

      kelvin.strachan - 2012-05-26 15:17

      You're actually meant to leave letters out when you replace them with **, but I actually prefer your sentiment. :)

      sboniswa.mzimela - 2012-05-26 16:05

      @Kelvin Thanks i only realised now. Thumbs up X50

  • lloyd.langenhoven - 2012-05-26 14:46

    When will the rest of the world learn that Durban is NOT Pietermaritzburg? The headline clearly states that it happened in PMB, yet they then start of by stating Durban. These are two close, yet different cities. On topic- it makes me wonder what is missing in a parent's head for them to just leave their own child in a car and expose them to a number of risks.

      Cuanita Gevers - 2012-05-26 14:51

      Durban is the location of the reporter/ press office of the article

      sboniswa.mzimela - 2012-05-26 14:54

      @Lloyd News24 regional offices are in Durban...that is why!!!

      tshepo.ally - 2012-05-26 14:55

      Some education there, Cuanita.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-26 14:56

      Lloyd, when you rant, use your brain.

      lloyd.langenhoven - 2012-05-26 15:05

      I guess I have learnt something new today, thanks guys!

      Cuanita Gevers - 2012-05-27 01:51

      We are never to old to learn I guess...

      Joan - 2012-05-27 10:19

      You clearly are not educated enough to understand the ways of international journalism. The report was filed in Durban. If you look at any international news organisations pages, you will see exactly the same supposed "stupidity".

  • craig.a.salter - 2012-05-26 14:57

    This is just irresponsible, negligent and straight forward idiotic for any parent that does this. There kid can die like that. any parent that does this do not deserve to have kids

  • lownabester - 2012-05-26 14:57

    Just take away any kids that might still be in that household. Sick,

  • Angela - 2012-05-26 15:13

    I don't understand how anyone could do this and also why a 7yr old is not able to unlock himself out of the car?

      henda.peiser - 2012-05-26 15:50

      When todays cars are locked you can't get out. You can't open it from inside.

      Rip - 2012-05-26 17:13

      You can always turn down a window.

      staci.turnbull - 2012-05-26 18:31

      um no rip when the car is off electric windows dont work - its beyond me how a parent can do this at all - just insane!!

  • kelvin.strachan - 2012-05-26 15:15

    Should have broken all the windows, back window and windscreen too. (After the kid was rescued of course)

  • violet.bossut - 2012-05-26 15:43

    How come the ANC is not to blame? he he

  • Rob - 2012-05-26 15:44

    Stick her/him in a car with windows closed where temperatures can reach in excess of 140... and let the kid sit in 'ice cream' parlour and enjoy...

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-05-26 15:48

    parents like that will be more worried about the broken car window. shame poor kid - thankfully he had the thought to cry for help and not just sit obediently, fall asleep and pass out indefinitely.

  • alastair.j.webb - 2012-05-26 15:51

    They don't deserve a child,shame on them

  • valcooperRSA - 2012-05-26 16:02

    Mmmmm...I see mammy or pappy going to be in deep doodoo.....what a stupid thing to do.... I hope the child is ok

  • Martin - 2012-05-26 16:29

    News 24 get rid of the annoying advert on the page!!!!!!

  • Mandy - 2012-05-26 16:55

    It is not only the heat that is of concern, what if the car was stolen with the child inside it? There was a case in the States where a lady left her child in the car to quickly pop into the shop for a colddrink. As she came out, she realised her vehicle was being stolen. She tried to get her kid out of the vehicle, but his foot got caught in the safety belt and the thief sped off, dragging the child along. You may only make this mistake once, but once is enough to result in tragedy

  • Liesbet - 2012-05-26 17:06

    No words... how many kids must be saved before some parents actually takes it seriously....

  • robert.pollabauer - 2012-05-26 17:42

    i have a tin shed on my property, bring the person responsible for this to me and i will lock them in the shed for a few hours !

  • brenda.yelvertonburns - 2012-05-26 17:47

    Once gain, we are reminded that there is no pill for stupidity! What a total disgrace. I shudder to think what this does tot he parent/child relationship? A child should know that his parents are his protectors, not the people who are responsible for him ending up in a hospital.

  • Pieriewaaier - 2012-05-26 18:13

    Lock the parents up in a heated cell, starve them of oxygen and throw away the key...A slow amd miserable death is called for (although I am anti the death sentence) and in this case deserved. What a way to treat a poor 7-year old kid? Punish the parents (or person responsible)

  • Mbulelo - 2012-05-26 18:31

    that was a stupid boy,a seven year who ca'nt open car doors when feeling uncomfortable.

      Irene - 2012-05-26 18:43

      Eish Mbulelo, it is you who isn't too klevah! Think!

      Adair - 2012-05-27 13:31

      When my car's ignition is switched off my windows don't work.Not rocket science Mbulelo.But then you are obviously not very bright.

      Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-05-27 14:23

      Agreed, the parents obviously don't know how to raise children...

  • brenda.yelvertonburns - 2012-05-26 21:35

    Disturbing to see how many people here are of the opinion that the child should have been able to get himself out of the situation his parents forced upon him.

  • Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-05-27 06:56

    A seven year old black kid can walk to school alone, but a seven year old white kid can't sit in a car unattended? Wtf! Who is to say he could not roll the windows down? Do you know what make of car it is? This is a joke.... Seven years old is not a baby....

      Justine Cornil - 2012-05-27 10:24

      Where is it ever right to leave a kid, no matter what age, alone and unintended in a locked car?!?! Get real! My car can not unlock from the inside and windows can not roll down when car key is not turned in ignition. You are probably one of the people who will leave his kid in the car! Skin colour does not matter!!!!

      Adair - 2012-05-27 13:37

      No Clayton a 7 year old black kid should not walk to school alone.How the hell do you know what colour the child in the car was?You are obviously not the brightest smartie in the box.

      Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-05-27 14:21

      There's a difference between a baby and a child, it's a shame you people in the cities live like caged rats, where you don't have a safety or freedom to leave a seven year old sitting by himself... And then you try and justify your sht lifestyle by attacking my morality.... Your to funny guy

      Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-05-27 14:30

      And if you want to get technical with me smart arse, please do tell , how long was the child in the car? What car make was it? Was the car in the shade or in the sun? Was the parent grocery shopping or was it a quick in the shop out the shop ordeal? Well if you don't have the answers for these simple questions then stop speculating and judging a persons based purely on gossip and miss information, you sir and miss are as dumb as the box of smarties...

      Justine Cornil - 2012-05-27 23:46

      Now how can you justify calling me dumb? Please, if you are so much more intelligent than me, please justify your reaction. What does it matter where we live, what colour skin we have, what car we drive, where we park it? The fact that the police broke the kid out of the car shows that there was obviously no other way, the fact that the kid was dehydrated proves that the kid was in the car for some length of time or in the sun. Obviously your self proclaimed intelligence, is undeserved. I am a mother, I love my child and for this reason will not leave my child alone in the car even if it is for 2 minutes to go pay for the fuel I just put in my car. I take my child out and take her with me. That is what a good parent does.

      Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-05-28 06:52

      @ Justine, it actually does matter if all the facts are misleading... Just like a rat.... You leave your kid at home alone, you leave your kid at school alone, hell I'm sure your seven year old goes to the toilet alone... It matters what car it is, a seven year old surely can open a window, it matters if the car was in the sun or not, and it matters how long the child was in the car, I never once said it matters about skin color, I just used that as reference to how differently you bring up a seven year old kid. So it says they treated him for dehydration? So where's the test results? You could be dehydrated from being thirsty...... Was it severe dehydration? If so how does that happen to a seven year old from sitting in a car for a half hour? Does it say how long he or she was there? No you speculate because you like to gossip on things you have no idea about.... And if you treat your seven year old like a two year old then your a sht parent.... Seven years old is not a baby..... Come on climb out your little box and catch a wake up..... And by your response it shows me your not to bright and I hope you leave your parenting to your husband...

      Justine Cornil - 2012-05-28 12:41

      Lol! You get yourself so worked up for small details. My car is 12 years old, as I stated before, can not open from the inside and windows can't roll down without the key. The child was taken to hospital, if the dehydration wasn't severe, they could just give him a drink. But honestly, i'm not going to waste my time on someone that does not know me, the age of my child or where I live and who insults my parenting skills while it is obvious to everyone who knows me, that I am a very good mother. But I do not need to justify myself to anyone. Especially not you. So I'll just go get back into my "box" as you call it, because apparently I'm not "bright" because I'm not like you. Thank goodness for that, at least my child is lucky enough to have a "not so very bright" mother that cares about her. I'll rather be dumb than be of the likes of you! I'll not be coming back to this post, so don't bother to insult me some more.

      Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-05-28 13:39

      :) @ Justine, my argument is not about your details of car ect but of the one in questions. I was merely stating its pretty harsh to criticize someone on something we have no details about, It was a bit ugly of me to bring your parenting skills into the argument and I do apologize, and hope you do t feel any more offended.

  • Germaine - 2012-05-27 08:50

    If the investigation shows that this child was left in serious danger by a parent or caregiver - they must be charged. Once again an example of how much parenting skills campaigns are desperately needed in our country!

  • Adair - 2012-05-27 13:29

    The parents should be named and shamed and arrested.

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