Baby left with note inside a car in New Zealand, while mother goes shopping (Photo)By Angel Cuala on Mar 26, 2013 in Lifestyle, Parenting, World •
A baby left with a note inside a car was seen in a parking lot in New Zealand, as shown in the photo below. The mother, who wrote the letter, went shopping at Porirua Pak’nSave supermarket, and risk the safety of her baby inside the car, alone and sleeping.
Baby left with a note inside a car
Image Credit: Polly Gillespie Facebook
“My mum’s in doing the shopping, call her if I need anything.” The handwritten note reads, as seen from the window of the parked car, along with the phone number of the mother. The photo was believed to have first appeared in the Facebook page of a certain Ben last Sunday, March 24, 2013.
“Julie and another lady waited by the car while someone got the mother back. Majorly stupid error in judgement by a tired new mum. The different views of different cultures were interesting to watch too.” Ben allegedly wrote, which was quoted in the Facebook page of local radio personality Polly Gillespie.
Apparently, the incident was also reported at The New Zealand Herald this Monday, which said that a man and his wife were the first ones to see the poor baby alone inside the car and left with a note. The couple and other passers-by who saw the condition did not leave until the mother returned.
“We waited there for a little bit, wondering if the mum was just going to be two seconds and come back. And my wife said, ‘I’m not going in without someone being here with the baby’.” The man told the New Zealand report. A passer-by decided to call the phone of the mother and told her to go back to her car.
“As parents ourselves we know it is hard to get a baby to sleep, and once you start moving them they can wake up…we thought it was just a silly decision by a tired mother.” The unidentified man added, noting that the baby looked healthy and appeared to be being taken care of, except for that incident.
A police spokesman told NZ Herald that it is illegal in New Zealand for a parent or guardian to leave a child below 14 years old alone for unreasonable conditions and time; and that those who will be proven guilty in doing so will pay a fine of up to $2,000.
The names of the mother and baby were not revealed, and no charges were filed against the mom, as of this writing. However, the Facebook page where the photo was attached has now nearly 1,450 comments. Most of them were angry at the mother, calling her irresponsible for leaving her baby alone, despite with a note.
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