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Melbourne mother charged after allegedly leaving baby, 1, in hot car for five hours to ‘play pokies’

Mum is charged after allegedly leaving her one-year-old in a hot car for FIVE HOURS after she ‘played the pokies’

  • A one-year-old boy allegedly left in a locked car as temperatures reached 33C 
  • The baby was found unresponsive by 3pm at The Brook Point Cook, Melbourne 
  • Emergency services treated the boy at the scene and rushed him to hospital
  • He is fighting for his life, with the child allegedly locked in the car for five hours 
  • Police are investigating whether the mother was playing the pokies in the hotel 

A mother has been charged with negligence after allegedly leaving her 14-month-old son in a hot car for five hours.

Police are investigating whether the Gladstone Park woman was playing the pokies at The Brook Hotel at Melbourne’s Point Cook at the time.

Emergency services were called to a car parked near the pub at 3pm on Wednesday, where they found the little boy in a critical condition. 

He was allegedly left alone in the car for up to five hours as temperatures reached 33C.  

Victoria Police charged the mother with negligently causing serious injury and reckless conduct endanger life.

She was bailed to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on January 23.  

A baby boy was rushed to the Royal Children's Hospital in a critical condition and is now fighting for his life after being locked in a car on a hot day in Melbourne's south-west

A baby boy was rushed to the Royal Children’s Hospital in a critical condition and is now fighting for his life after being locked in a car on a hot day in Melbourne’s south-west

Kidsafe Victoria General Manager Jason Chambers told the Herald Sun that the inside of a car can potentially reach temperatures 30C hotter than outside.

‘The major temperature increase happens in the first five minutes,’ Mr Chambers said.

‘It becomes dangerous really quickly.’ 

Paramedics rushed the boy to the Royal Children’s Hospital in a critical condition, where he is now fighting for his life, Victoria Police told Daily Mail Australia.  

Local resident Alison Connell said she was horrified by the incident.

‘My mum called me and said there’s been a child left in a car and it’s in a pretty bad way,’ Ms Connell said.

‘I was horrified. People should have more brains.’

A crime scene was set up on Wednesday night as police investigated the incident.  

The baby was found unresponsive about 3pm on Wednesday in the locked car, which was parked outside The Brook Point Cook (pictured)

The baby was found unresponsive about 3pm on Wednesday in the locked car, which was parked outside The Brook Point Cook (pictured)

The sign outside the car park at the The Brook Hotel in Point Cook, with 'pokies' advertised on the right hand side (pictured)

The sign outside the car park at the The Brook Hotel in Point Cook, with ‘pokies’ advertised on the right hand side (pictured)



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