A one-year-old child was found left in a car yesterday in Quebec City after passersby noticed the car in a parking lot with several of the doors open.
At around 1PM yesterday afternoon witnesses spotted the car, likely due to the fact that both rear doors were open as well as the front passenger-side door, according to the CBC.
The witnesses were then quick to realize that in addition to the car being left open, there was also a baby in the back seat.
Temperatures in the area reached 28°C yesterday, with a humidex of at least 34°C, particularly considering that the incident occurred around 1 o'clock in the afternoon.
The parking lot where the child was found was at the corner of First Avenue and rue des Pins Est in Quebec City. There's a cell phone store and pharmacy in the direct vicinity of the intersection, though the CBC doesn't divulge which store the parents were in while the child was waiting in the car outside.
According to witnesses, the child was left unattended for at least half an hour before both parents returned from shopping.
According to the CBC, the father returned, followed by the mother not long after police had arrived on the scene where they then explained to the officers that they had been inside a store.
The child was evaluated by paramedics but there is no report of any health implications related to the incident. While wildly unsafe, the child was likely spared of any heat-related implications when the parents chose to leave several of the car's doors open.
The CBC report also did not mention whether or not the parents faced any penalties for leaving their one-year-oldunattended.
Canada's Criminal Code is very clear about these kinds of issues:
"Every one who unlawfully abandons or exposes a child who is under the age of ten years so that its life is or is likely to be endangered or its health is or is likely to be permanently injured, (a) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years; or (b) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding eighteen months.”