Dad arrested after baby locked in car

2012-02-08 10:11

Cape Town - A father will appear in court on Wednesday on charges of child abandonment after a 6-month-old baby was left locked in a parked car in Wynberg.

Police were notified of a baby boy locked in a car with the windows closed in a parking lot near the public library on Tuesday afternoon, as temperatures reached 26°C, police spokesperson Warrant Officer November Filander said.

Police did not know how long the 32-year-old father and the child’s mother had left their son in the car.

“At about 11:00 police found that members of the public had broken the window on the driver’s side to remove the baby," he said.

The father was arrested at the scene. The baby was taken to a nearby clinic for treatment.

The father would appear in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

  • Shadoz66 - 2012-02-08 10:23


  • John - 2012-02-08 10:26

    Some People doesn't deserve to have kids

      Darren - 2012-02-08 10:38

      I can like to agree!

      dumisiledee - 2012-02-08 11:38

      I'm with you on that one John

      Rodney - 2012-02-08 18:30

      Darren you are a biscuit !!

  • Darren - 2012-02-08 10:38

    Why are these people so thick???

      Gail - 2012-02-08 17:01

      Sadly there is no law to prevent people from having children if they are stupid. America had a dark period when they sterilised people who were a burden on the state but public outcry made it very shortlived.

  • Stan - 2012-02-08 10:38

    My friend and I had to break a window to free a five year old boy in September last year. He was sweating and crying. I was hot outside. I just wanted to slap the mother!

      Tonya - 2012-02-08 10:49

      you should have! it is absolutely unacceptable.

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-08 11:12

      @Stan: You did a great thing there, but I only wish you did slap the b!t(h!

      dumisiledee - 2012-02-08 11:39

      you should have

      Desiree - 2012-02-08 14:50

      lol, what I actually wanted to know was - what did the mother do when you confronted her? did she acknowledge that she was a complete moron...or did she act like she did nothing wrong?

      Tooka - 2012-02-08 16:53

      A 5 yr old boy???? Why didn't you just ask him to open the door dumass?

      Chille - 2012-02-09 07:23

      @Tooka, When was the last time you tried to reason with a 5yo that was very distressed? A lot easier said then done.

  • Ian - 2012-02-08 10:42

    sick bastard

  • Desiree - 2012-02-08 10:51

    and it just keeps hapenning! WAKE UP people....honestly, common sense should prevail...yet it doesn't....poor kids!!

  • Eldon - 2012-02-08 10:51

    Why was the mother not arrested?

      Debbi - 2012-02-08 13:55

      She was arrested but released. According to radio reports, she too will be charged.

      Brigitte - 2012-02-08 16:20

      how can 5 people give a thumbs down to this??????????????????????????

  • Zwelakhe - 2012-02-08 10:57

    some ppl are so lazy to think. how can sane ppl do such a thing, including the mother. It's hot in a locked car, it can stolen....ncncncnc

  • Riëtte - 2012-02-08 11:08

    How in this world do you leave a 6-month old baby alone in a car?! I hope he gets a hefty punishment, and the mother as well if she was with him, if not, they should give him to her for punishment, I know what I would do to my husband should he do this...

      alansmartSnr - 2012-02-08 22:40

      I think you guys..and dolls are too harsh. With these peoples mentality they probably left the kid there to look after the car.. but yes, its sad

  • Selma - 2012-02-08 11:09

    STATISTICS Total number of U.S. hyperthermia deaths of children left in cars, 2011: 30 Total number of U.S. hyperthermia deaths of children left in cars, 2010: 49 Total number of U.S. hyperthermia deaths of children left in cars, 1998-present: 524 Circumstances - An examination of media reports about the 494 child vehicular hyperthermia deaths for an thirteen year period (1998 through 2010) shows the following circumstances: 51% - child "forgotten" by caregiver (253 Children) 30% - child playing in unattended vehicle (150) 17% - child intentionally left in vehicle by adult (86) 1% - circumstances unknown (5)

      HendrikAfrika - 2012-02-08 15:28

      Thanks for the info. The numbers would drop much quicker if the car is confiscated.

      Gail - 2012-02-08 17:17

      I had the reverse of this happen to me. Went into hypermarket with husband and both children who were about 5 & 6. Younger son disappeared. We were frantic as it was almost closing time. We did all the normal things but nobody had seen him despite all efforts. We looked at the play area thinking he might be there - no sign. Store closed. Gibbering wrecks we walked to our car in the huge car park. There was missing son in the car building lego! This was 30 years ago, after work. The relief was almost outweighed by the anger we both felt that he had just walked away taking the keys with him. I might add that today he is the most amazingly resourceful and dependable person you can imagine. Back then I would happily have sold or swapped him for a more biddable child. I am just puzzled that there seems to have been a rash of instances like this in the last year or so. Are people who have children becoming stupider or is it because JM has been silenced?

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-08 11:10

    Make the bastards pay in kind, no fine, just lots and lots of time in a community center, where they can learn from this!

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-02-08 12:44

      Agree. He/she will carry that shame along while doing a looooong community service and it does not affect the household's cash float when money was paid for a fine instead of eg. medicine for the little one.

  • Kelly - 2012-02-08 11:11

    This is so upsetting that poor little baby!!the mother deserves to be locked up too, please do not give that child back to them!this world is so sick more and more story's involving young kids and babies are making headlines these days! wish i was there to slap both the mother n father!

  • Mfazepepa - 2012-02-08 11:33

    Worse the mother was also there but still they lock the child in the car, they both deserve to be in jail....why did they have a baby at the first time if they will abandon him like that....IDIOTS!

  • dumisiledee - 2012-02-08 11:38


  • Olivia - 2012-02-08 11:44

    Bloody stupid Idiot!!

  • Michelle - 2012-02-08 11:44

    Haven't these bastards learned anything from the last couple of months' news articles?? YOU DON'T LEAVE YOUR KIDS IN THE CAR!!!! Hope they get locked up and charged with attempted murder!!

  • Ditantane - 2012-02-08 12:05

    arrest the monther as well, they don't deserve this child

  • Sicelo - 2012-02-08 12:32

    Well its a lesson to everyone who actually does the same. I did it once and had I taken few more minutes people were about to break the car window.It was christmas morning and i needed to buy booze at the local mall bottle store and you know that kids are not allowed. The intention was not to buy booze but vegetables but since I was there and they said they are closing early I decided to buy some drinks. So I left the two of the in the car (5 and 3 year old). The store was full and it took me not less done 30 mins to come out there and as I was rushing to the car I noticed people surrounding my car and the children were sweating inside and crying. I got a serious scolding from everyone. Well that was my confession....

      SGL - 2012-02-08 12:40

      And I'm sure you will never do that again Sicelo! Thanks for putting your confession and apology out there for all to see. You have a conscience and it has spoken loudly to you!

      Johnny - 2012-02-08 12:43

      Kids are allowed into the store... just not selling to them !

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-02-08 12:53

      As long as you have learned and now reprimand others not to do the same stupid thing I am glad it is off your chest and that the children are ok. The quick thing to do mostly never end up to be quick and I think now you will agree that, in principle, it was foolish to leave the children in the car. Thank you for making us aware that "I will be quickly" never works.

      arlene.hanns - 2012-02-08 13:04

      Most bad things happen in seconds.You were in there for over 20 minutes.Thank your lucky stars both kids were unharmed.

      HendrikAfrika - 2012-02-08 15:35

      Thanks for the confession but you are also trying to explain that sircumstances 'forced' you to do it. There is just no acceptable reason for doing what you did.

      Moi - 2012-02-08 15:46

      Since when are kids not allowed in a bottle store? And when did bottle stores start selling vegetables???

      Jeanette - 2012-02-08 16:03

      Model parent, leaving hte kids in the car to buy booze.

  • arlene.hanns - 2012-02-08 13:00

    Probaby not even in a car seat!

  • Pixie86 - 2012-02-08 14:55

    i can already see readers scrambling to find out the race of this person to make their arguements solid.

      Rudolph - 2012-02-08 15:19

      Must be a white person, as he had is own car.

      Sean - 2012-02-08 15:30

      Race is irrelevant - its a no no for anyone - except those two animals he has as parents

      Tooka - 2012-02-08 17:01

      Nope! - you the only one so far.

  • Christopher - 2012-02-08 15:10

    How do you just leave your 6 month old child in the car. The major concern for me, is that any paedophile/muti f**ker could break that window, snatch the baby and that baby will never be seen ever again. And if he got caught breaking the window, he could just say he was saving the baby from the heat...Shame the father and Mother, let us know who they are..

  • Shanelle - 2012-02-08 15:16

    What would have been so difficult in taking the baby with???

  • Andre - 2012-02-08 15:19

    Why only arrest the father?

  • IZAAN.STEENKAMP - 2012-02-08 15:20

    poor baby thank God he is ok stupid mother and father jail him

  • HendrikAfrika - 2012-02-08 15:21

    They keep on doing it, even after all the news coverage given to these incidents. It gives one the impression that this is done more generally than suspected. Somehow this should be advertised more general, a big fat fine should go someway to accomplish this or even better, confiscate the car.

  • Sean - 2012-02-08 15:26

    Why only the father???Sterilize both of them!!

  • Melissa - 2012-02-08 16:00

    people like this need to be hanged! how can u possibly leave a baby in the car? i dont think you can forget that you have a baby in the car. i cant even sit in a car for longer than a few minutes, poor baby

  • Tanya - 2012-02-08 16:07

    Another stupid incompetent blady parent!!!!!!!! For heavens sake lock these people up.!!!!!!

  • Rudolph - 2012-02-08 16:12

    I love the way how everyone here seems to think they're good parents, or would never do this to a child, when in fact statistically every family is dysfunctional. Maybe your daddy didn't hug you, or maybe he hugged you too much. Over-involved and absent parents are just as abusive as this scenario. So stop posting comments here and tell your children you love them.

  • Brigitte - 2012-02-08 16:19

    IDIOTS! Don't deserve to have a kid. Why could one not stay in car? I'm sorry but how thick do u have to be to do this??????

  • Karlien - 2012-02-08 16:35

    I cant understand how a sane human being can leave a helpless BABY in a car alone. Except for the obvious dangers of the summer heat and suffocation, what about kidnapping? do these people not WANT their children????

  • acsteyn - 2012-02-08 16:40

    This is criminal.

  • Sue - 2012-02-08 16:42

    What complete and utter imbeciles. This has got nothing to do with race (as has been suggested here) but people get a slap on the wrist and walk away from such things . The law needs to be re-looked at and people guilty of such offences should be locked up for a good year or two with no time off for good behaviour or showing remorse. Lock them up NO QUESTIONS ASKED!

  • Gail - 2012-02-08 16:57

    Remove his seed from the gene pool. Sterilise him. Mind you a wife is mentioned, what was she thinking? Sterilise her too.

  • Lindy Senekal - 2012-02-08 22:37

    I actually think he should hang his head in I hope he gets community service for been stupid an not a responsible father.

  • aardvarkie - 2012-02-09 01:35

    Both parents should have been arrested. I've gotten out of my car a few times before to tell parents to buckle their kids up and been met with indignant looks and in other cases road rage - I just ask them why it's okay for THEM to be buckled up and not their kid. It's the same as leaving a baby in a car - negligent.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-02-09 02:56

    Leaving kids or Animals in a car should be against the law, and the issue should be included in the drivers license test, added to the K53 learners license questions. Awareness and education, about this issue is all important. Those bystanders are hero's for breaking the window of the car, if only we were all as vigilant and proactive in matters such as these.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-02-09 05:08

    Who does one call for an immediate response to this??? there is a woman in Paulshof who visits the Mugg and Bean on a SUnday and leaves her dog (poodle) locked up in the car.... I have complained and nothing happens, there should be an number that one can instantly call and get the response needed, and dont say 10111 people die waiting for them to answer

      Silvana - 2012-02-09 05:48

      Have you tried calling the SPCA? Just a thought. It seems it only makes news when it's a human being locked in the car. People just don't seem to listen or care. The only way, I think, that we could minimise these incidents is to make it a traffic offense. It should be included in the K53 manual, instead of some of the rubbish they include in it.

  • Amanda-Leigh - 2012-02-09 07:25

    The same goes for all the idiots that leave their dogs in the car for extended periods of time.

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