HYANNIS – As you will see and hear in the following HN Video, last evening at about 10:20 PM, police and rescue responded to the parking lot outside Shaws in the Festival Plaza for a child locked inside a vehicle.
As the call developed, police learned the child had been left all alone inside the parked vehicle. The vehicle was parked about 75 to 100 yards away from the nearest store entrance.
When police arrived on scene, a small group of concerned adults were surrounding the vehicle. The child’s mom was still nowhere to be found.
The first patrolman quickly discovered that the rear door to the backseat was not locked after all.
The patrolman then reached into the backseat and lifted the small child out of the vehicle, while also radioing to have rescue continue on to the scene.
HN NOTE: The child was young. If I had to guess I would say about 3 years old… definitely not a school aged child. The child looked worried as she responded to the patrolman who was trying to figure out where her mom had went.
A Hyannis Rescue ambulance arrived and parked in front of the Shaws Supermarket.
First responders were getting ready to lift the child up into the ambulance to be checked out by medics when the child’s mom exited the supermarket, obviously alarmed about seeing police and rescue with her child.
The mom and child stepped up into the ambulance, were evaluated and released. The mom eventually left with her child. The patrolman radioed that he would be doing a report.
HN NOTE: It’s uncertain whether the Department of Children & Families would be notified in this situation. But if I had to guess, I would say yes.
So, what are your thoughts? Is it ever okay to leave a young child alone inside a parked vehicle while you go shopping?
Check out the following HN Video and feel free to comment appropriately on YouTube or Facebook…