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Police remind citizens to never leave children unattended in a vehicle; Woman charged after police responded to infant left alone in car

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Police remind citizens to never leave children unattended in a vehicle

Woman charged after police responded to infant left alone in car

With summer upon the city, the Edmonton Police Service is reminding parents and guardians to never leave children unattended in a vehicle.

“Safety must be top priority, regardless of the weather or inconvenience,” says Const. Christine Debienne with the EPS Child at Risk Response Team (CARRT). “Children left alone in a vehicle face a number of dangers – medical distress, accidently putting the vehicle in motion, exiting the vehicle and wandering off and theft of automobile, to name a few. A vehicle cannot protect a child.”

The EPS charged a woman this week after being called to a child left unattended in a vehicle on June 23, 2015. Southeast Division members responded to Mill Woods Town Centre Mall (66 Street and 23 Avenue) at 5:50 p.m. after it was reported an infant had been left in a locked, running vehicle for approximately an hour.

Officers were approached by the child’s mother, who had allegedly left the child in the vehicle while she attended a restaurant in the area. Emergency Medical Services attended the scene. The one-year-old male infant was distressed but unharmed.

The woman was charged with one count of cause a child to be in need of intervention under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act.

“We’re thankful this incident was resolved without serious harm to the infant,” says Staff Sgt. Warren Driechel with Southeast Division. “Don’t let a vehicle provide a false sense of security. Bottom line – a vehicle is not a babysitter.”

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