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How long would you leave it until you do something about a 3 year old in a car?

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quidi Mon 05-Sep-16 15:21:36

What's the cut off age? I'm sitting in my car, another car had been here since I got here and it's been 30 mins now. Little boy/girl is crying in the car a couple of cars down, literally wailing. What should I do? Someone must be coming back in a bit. Child is about 3.

TinyTear Mon 05-Sep-16 15:22:47

where is it?
is it near a supermarket or something you can go in and ask for them to call the parents on the tannoy?

Seeline Mon 05-Sep-16 15:23:10

Where are you? Is it a proper car park for a shop or something - if so go and ask them to make an announcement.

ExitPursuedBySpartacus Mon 05-Sep-16 15:23:42

Poor mite. Is it obvious where the car owner is (ie are you parked outside a shop)? This is the first time I have ever typed this, but maybe a quick call to 101 for advice.

ScarletOverkill Mon 05-Sep-16 15:24:45

Agree with pp's. Are there any shopspecific nearby?

quidi Mon 05-Sep-16 15:25:04

It's a car park for a high street, so could be any shop there's about 30!

99percentchocolate Mon 05-Sep-16 15:25:25

Store security or police. 3 is still a baby.

HereIAm20 Mon 05-Sep-16 15:25:48

Get the car reg number and call the police anyway! Already half an hour! The parent or person in charge may have an accident or anything

99percentchocolate Mon 05-Sep-16 15:25:49

X posts. I'd be calling 101 then.

Seeline Mon 05-Sep-16 15:26:10

Check the car and make sure that there isn't an adult in it. Then call the police.

Tiredmumno1 Mon 05-Sep-16 15:26:10

I would also say police if it's already been that long.

ApocalypseSlough Mon 05-Sep-16 15:26:37

Call 101 now. You've no idea how long she's been there. There's no need to leave a child in a car- if the parents get a rocket, so what.

BrightOranges Mon 05-Sep-16 15:26:57

What's the cut off point?! Is this a wind up? A 3 year old wailing in a car by itself for half an hour..? You seriously need advice?

If this is true, you should call 999 immediately.

sianihedgehog Mon 05-Sep-16 15:28:04

30 minutes of wailing?! God, I reckon you've given it long enough, something could have happened to their mum, they could be hurt in a way you can't see (hand stuck somewhere or something) I'd probably ring police non emergency and then go and ask the child if they are okay while on the phone.

2014newme Mon 05-Sep-16 15:28:12

10 mins I would have waited before calling 101

Cocacolaandchocolate Mon 05-Sep-16 15:28:20

999, poor child 😟

Outnumbrd Mon 05-Sep-16 15:28:40


sianihedgehog Mon 05-Sep-16 15:29:23

Is it sunny there? If so ring 999. Kids die in hot cars.

quidi Mon 05-Sep-16 15:29:34

Thank all

Sorry I didn't realise sad

Will do now

Goingtobeawesome Mon 05-Sep-16 15:30:04

Police. Now since its been half an hour already and the child is distressed.

BrightOranges Mon 05-Sep-16 15:35:12

Why is everyone saying police non-emergency?? 999 is fine to call. They will make the judgement of whether it's urgent or not. And this is.

2014newme Mon 05-Sep-16 15:37:59

So will 101!

humblesims Mon 05-Sep-16 15:42:46

I agree. Call 999. Thirty minutes is too long.

Arfarfanarf Mon 05-Sep-16 15:43:59

Good. 30 minutes of a 3 yr old alone in a car (at least. Im assuming you didnt see the parent leave? )

You have looked in the car to make sure the child is alone?

LagunaBubbles Mon 05-Sep-16 15:44:35

Cars can get very hot very quickly, call 999.

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