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Mum charged after leaving kids locked in car during Sydney’s heatwave

The four children, all under the age of 10, were found by a passerby, crying inside the vehicle.

A woman has been charged with leaving a child or young person in a motor vehicle causing emotional distress after police and medical staff were forced to rescue her children, who’d she locked inside her car.

Fortunately, the children, aged 9, 8,7, and 6, were not injured.

As reported by Sydney Morning Herald, at 3pm yesterday afternoon, just as temperatures hit 40.9˚C at an Officeworks carpark in the south-west Sydney suburb of Bankstown, a passerby noticed four crying children locked inside a vehicle.

According to the police, the 44-year-old woman was not present at the scene, but did later help police with their enquiries at Bankstown police station.

She is expected to appear in Bankstown Local Court on February 22.

Sydney Morning Herald report that police warn on a typical summer’s day, temperatures inside a vehicle can reach between 50 and 60˚C – that’s even when the windows are rolled down.

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