4-month-old baby left alone in boiling car

2012-11-07 16:18

Johannesburg - Police rescued a 4-month-old baby who had been left alone in a car parked in the sun in Springs, Ekurhuleni on Wednesday, paramedics said.

A passerby noticed the child in the car in a parking lot and called the police, Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said.

"[They] had to break the window to remove the child," said Botha.

Paramedics were called and found the baby girl in a serious condition due to the severe heat - the temperature had risen to higher than 30°C.

"After rehydrating the infant, we transported her to a nearby hospital."

Police spokesperson Captain Johannes Ramphora said the child's mother was arrested and would face a charge of child neglect.

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-11-07 16:20

    Some people should not be loaded with sperm.

      Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-11-07 16:26

      Some parents are completely stupid.

      vandross.ntshegi - 2012-11-07 16:27

      True. And this is the careless parent expected to guide the same child throughout childhood and teenage times. Makes one wonder a lot

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-07 16:30

      She will tell you she loves her child - probably does; problem is she is just plain stupid!

      tracey.baard - 2012-11-07 16:38

      they should add a charge of attempted murder to the existing one of child neglect... stupid, lazy and selfish woman.

      thabo.mdodo - 2012-11-07 16:44


      fernando.carvalho.58555941 - 2012-11-07 16:55

      Nor allowed to vote

      arthur.marks.754 - 2012-11-07 17:02


      colin.payne.921 - 2012-11-07 17:23

      @clint.rusford.3 Interesting observation, if a bit sexist. Clearly you don't live in Cape Town, otherwise you would have remembered the MALE University Professor who FORGOT his child was in the car when he was supposed to be taking the child to creche. He parked up at work, went into work for the day in the middle of summer, and guess what? The child boiled to death! So before idiots like you start making puerile sexist and / or racist comments simply for the sake of venting your imbecilic male cahuvinist spleen. Man, it's people like you who thrive on divisive rhetoric and the sooner you all fall off the planet, the sooner we will all benefit. Sure, if it were up to me, I would hang the stupid cow, but don't get all hoiler than thou masculine because trust me, we men can also do some idiotic things......take your comments as an example of that!

      jess.scholtz.18 - 2012-11-07 18:50

      Take your own advice, Clint. Go back and read your comment a few times so maybe you can realise exactly how sexist you are being. Often men are getting into trouble for similar and sometimes worse cases of child abuse and neglect. Even so, since when does gender have anything to do with being a good or bad parent? You are not being rational or openminded about anything, you are ignorantly stating that child abuse is almost always the mother's fault and that it's a direct result of how her brain works. You make it out like a woman's mind is some sort of incomprehensible mystery of the universe. Perhaps we misunderstood, maybe you also need to explain your comment to my female brain, then? Keep your blatant sexism to yourself before someone has to ask you exactly how your tiny male brain works.

      BulletProof. - 2012-11-07 20:05

      Yes, she will add that she loves very much her child but she have to go to by some pretty shoes for the incoming friday party evening.

      p.borchard - 2012-11-08 09:36

      Clint - although I think this woman needs to have her kid(s) taken away from her, I think your opinion about MEN never being guilty of this type of neglect is rather stupid. Men get a free ride by not being the normal caretakers of babies. I think if there were more Mr Moms, we would see even more of these cases.

  • gvangreunen - 2012-11-07 16:20

    lock her in the frigging car and toss the keys away!

      angelo.morte.754 - 2012-11-07 18:27

      You would also need to ensure that she cant unlock the car from the inside, as keys aren't required to unlock cars from the inside... Just an observation.

      gvangreunen - 2012-11-07 19:01

      @angelo ... LOL clever dick!

      yolandie.theron - 2012-11-08 14:11

      I second that!

  • chez.kri - 2012-11-07 16:23

    Jeez, there are some seriously stupid people out there.

      dimitripappas - 2012-11-07 19:45


  • kaapse.snaai - 2012-11-07 16:23

    WTF< yesterday it was a granny now its a baby, what is going on?????

  • natasha.wentink - 2012-11-07 16:25

    There is no cure for stupid! I hope the poor child makes a full recovery...

  • lizelle.leroux.96 - 2012-11-07 16:29

    Book her for attempted murder, tears would have been too late!

  • mmaphongwana - 2012-11-07 16:31

    Cruel pathetic mother,what was she thinking? She's realy not a fit mother sies maan,go to jail until the little one is 5yrs.

  • Erna - 2012-11-07 16:31

    How can any person leave a 4 month old baby alone in a car full stop? Never mind the weather!

  • leonlysuzette.nel - 2012-11-07 16:31

    Cant she think for herself you dont leave alittle baby in a car they must take the baby away and lock her in a car and in the sun with handcuffs on that she cant get out and feel what it feels to left in car in such a high temp

  • jackie.m.dickson - 2012-11-07 16:34

    I really dont get this? Its not rocket science? If you can manage to drive a car surely you can work out that cars get hot when left in the sun? This is seriously beyond stupid!! I am surprised its able to breath on its own? I swear even a 5 year old knows cars are hot!

  • fiona.r.marnce - 2012-11-07 16:34

    I would like to meet up with this mother and give her a klap of sense. I have kids and as much as they drive me mad when i take them shopping i could never be this cruel and @ 4 months old seriously all she needed to do was put the baby in a carrier or a pram, stupid ass woman.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-11-07 16:35

    how many times has this happened now ? take the child away and sterilise the mother.

  • maureen.jordaan.9 - 2012-11-07 16:36

    A child is a gift from God. Some people really don't deserve this precious gift.

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-11-08 13:37

      Stupid George, i know of many people who are having sex to make babies and still no baby. How do you explain that. God is a part of everything except sin

      Sam - 2012-11-08 21:07

      Wow George - enjoy hell!

  • shannon.moffett.9 - 2012-11-07 16:37

    I some body drives drunk and kills somebody, they can be charged with murder. Surely this "mother" can be charged with attempted murder?

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-11-07 16:37

    Leaving a 4 month old baby alone ANYWHERE. Disgusting!

  • maki.maphothoma - 2012-11-07 16:38

    Eish not again ,where are this mothers 's brains mara

  • pat.ketley - 2012-11-07 16:40

    Some people just shouldn't breed! Hope she gets more than just a slap on the wrist

  • barry.savage.33 - 2012-11-07 16:44

    Sorry for the bad language but: "Stupid bitch"!!!!!

      wessel.jordaan.3 - 2012-11-07 17:24

      It is what it is Barry!

  • liz.cresswell.5 - 2012-11-07 16:45

    A parent to be that stupid and doff, clearly indicates that she was on some type of drug! Who on earth leaves a 4 month baby alone anyway? Sick world we have - maybe she popped in to get cigarettes and booze?

  • motsathebe - 2012-11-07 16:46

    damn, Zuma, do you even care?

  • irene.laskowskadebeer - 2012-11-07 16:47

    Cut out this idiot's ovaries- morons like her should not be allowed to procreate. i have a 4month old baby, and the very idea of leaving her unattended ANYWHERE makes me uneasy, nevermind a car. stupid fool.

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-07 16:48

    Are we doomed or we just do these things on purpose attract media but this habit have reach a stop sign!

  • John Badenhorst - 2012-11-07 16:49

    Around 4 years ago, a mother did exactly the same thing while she went upstairs to the that case, the police and paramedics tried for over an hour and then the little one passed away with the mother screaming while being held back by police. She was charged, her husband left her too...i have two girls that i have not seen in 4 years and i would kill for them...this woman deserves the full extent of whats coming to her..

      mokgadim - 2012-11-07 17:38

      If i may ask John, do your daughters live far away from you or is it work that keeps you away? Honestly just asking.

      laurens.smit.507 - 2012-11-08 06:46

      Johan if you feel this way about your kids, what have you done to see them. I am not trying to be a therapist or anything but you should try just as hard to see them.

  • CaL044 - 2012-11-07 16:49

    30 degrees is not boiling! Hello!! Anyway, anybody who leaves a baby/child elderly person like that should be charged and fined for gross negligence! Sad thing is there are a lot of idiots amongst us! There should be a law against their being allowed to reproduce.

      michelle.m.odendaal - 2012-11-07 16:58

      It was 30 deg outside the car. Imagine the temperature inside thw car. It can rise to more than 50.

      mandy.komlosy - 2012-11-08 15:05

      Absolutely agree. There should be reproduction laws. Should have to pass an IQ test, have a matric, and a job to name the basics. Then all the trolls should be screened too.

  • mart.botha - 2012-11-07 16:52

    You should have to earn a furking licence before being allowed to have children. The scary thing is that this is just a small fragment from the tip of a huge iceberg. May I venture that of our 52 million people, probably about 10-20% are from unwanted pregnancies due to rape, poor morals, no access to birth control and ignorance. The parents of these kids would probably be quite happy if aliens abducted and 'disappeared' them. This is the distinct impression I get from listening and observing.

      mokgadim - 2012-11-07 17:39

      We do need a breeding license in this country!

  • buti.lembe - 2012-11-07 16:55

    Yesterday, we learned about an 83 years old woman with the same incident. Most people always like to create their own stupid mistakes instant of reading from others.

  • machuene.jaqueline - 2012-11-07 16:55

    foolish sies go to hell mother

  • brian.mokhawana - 2012-11-07 16:59

    People dont breed children if not ready for parenting.

  • lee.ferreira - 2012-11-07 17:02

    Lock her up and throw the key away! As the mother she of all people should know better!

  • binarycape - 2012-11-07 17:05

    I don't understand why anyone would go of and leave a baby alone in a car anyway? Even if it was cold, anything could happen, especially in this day and age, with vehicle theft, break-ins to vehicles, paedophiles etc.

  • michael.a.devilliers - 2012-11-07 17:08

    Headline should read left to die, not left alone. Is there any more common sense left in the world?

  • ClaireMeintjes - 2012-11-07 17:10

    Atleast this time the police did something!

  • wessel.jordaan.3 - 2012-11-07 17:23

    You need a license for everything else but none for bringing kids into the world...China comes to mind one child rule..maybe then people will start to cherish what they have been blessed with

  • Khetha Hlophe - 2012-11-07 17:33

    This is unfortunate incident,if the child is used to be @ school at that time,then she can propably forget about the baby

  • mokgadim - 2012-11-07 17:34

    When my daughter was little i used to put her in a pram...not very pleasant walking through a mall but it had to be done, she's my baby. Now what kind of nonsense is this?

  • annelise.vanderschyff - 2012-11-07 17:46

    Put the bitch in a car till she dies

  • osama.pascal - 2012-11-07 17:49

    How about attempted murder charges

  • Leigh Nicholl - 2012-11-07 17:52

    some people are not meant to be parents

  • mrp721 - 2012-11-07 18:05

    Didn't someone slap the bitch before arresting her??? Seriously do NOT give the child back to her!!! There are many people who cannot have kids that will give her a good home!!!

  • johnwilliam.roberts - 2012-11-07 18:41

    lock the stupid f.....g bitch in the car and take the child away permenantly how stupid can the cow be ??? she can be glad i was not the father !!

  • samantha.5243 - 2012-11-07 19:59

    What happened to carry cots and prams? Don't give me nonsense about not wanting to wake the child- that damn mother is just lazy!- and who leaves an child on their own in a car anyway? What if it was stolen?- thank goodness they managed to help the baby-

      Sam - 2012-11-08 21:14

      My 2.5 year old fell asleep in the car today just as we reached the chemist. I had to carry her around in my arms the whole time, while doing shopping. I didn't have the pram with me. She is about 13kg - not 4-5 kg's like a 4 month old. I would NEVER leave her in the car!

  • charne.coetzer.35 - 2012-11-07 20:06

    That woman doesn't deserve to be called a mother! Please wait till a very hot day and leave her in the car for a few hours! Let her see how it feels! I'm glad they found that precious baby on time!

  • shalner.adonis - 2012-11-07 20:09

    you dumb cow!

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-11-07 20:10

    It is evident that the mother is unfit to raise a child.She has to be assessed and educated in child care prior to the baby being returned to her.This will help ensure that the child may be protected against abuse in the future.The mother must be monitored from time to time by the authorities.

  • debbie.breytenbach789 - 2012-11-07 20:11

    No way that woman is just not right in the head.... The poor little baby...:-(

  • debbie.breytenbach789 - 2012-11-07 20:18

    My daughter is 4 months old and I live in springs, my daughter had a hard time today in the car with the windows down when I had to fetch my other kids from school.... I can only imagine what that poor baby had to go through.. Can't even help herself to a sip of water.. No mommy around and busy dying... Poor child... Bad mom!!!

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-11-07 20:26

    That persons drivers licence should be suspended for 10 years.

  • gaeleen - 2012-11-07 20:47

    How the hell does anyone leave a child alone in a car... unbelievable. But a 4month baby !!! They don't deserve to be parents.

  • zelda.dickson - 2012-11-07 21:43

    I agree, name and shame. The baby should be taken away and given to a childless couple who will appreciate her.

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-11-07 23:25

    Some peiple should be sterilised, so they cannot bear children, because they do not have the intellect to be good parents. Even animals are better than this female moron.