Mom who left kids in hot car spared jail

2011-08-01 16:35

London - A mother who left her three young children in a car for 45 minutes as temperatures climbed to as high as 40° was spared jail on Monday.

The children, aged between two and 8-years-old, were rescued when they managed to sound the horn and attract the attention of a member of the public.

Kelly Marie Langham, aged 26, of Carlisle, told magistrates she thought she would only be away for a few minutes as she popped into the city centre pawnbrokers last month, the Press Association reported.

She had left the car windows slightly wound down but said she did not appreciate that the heat could rise to the extent that it did.

The youngsters did not require hospital treatment but were said to have been left traumatised after being removed from the vehicle.

Langham was ordered to complete a one year community order focused on helping her develop better parenting skills, with a six-month drug treatment order.

Detective Inspector Kim Fulton said in a statement: "This case sends out a stark reminder that it can get extremely hot inside a vehicle at this time of year. Kelly Langham made a serious error of judgment which has today resulted in her appearing in court today.

"Even with the windows slightly wound down the temperature in her vehicle reached 40°.

"This and the fact that she left her children unattended for 45 minutes placed them at risk of serious harm. Thankfully the actions of a member of the public avoided a more tragic ending to this story."


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