Strangers Help Children Left In Hot Cars

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Just a day after a father is arrested for leaving his two children alone in parked car, two more parents are caught leaving their kids in cars.

Thursday night at the Walmart on west Kellogg, people called police about two children left alone in a car parked in the fire lane. On Friday, KAKE News learned about two more almost identical scenarios.

The two calls to 911 were made within 30 minutes of each other. The callers, both in different parts of the city, were trying to help two different children.

The first caller outside a laundry mat on West Pawnee Street told dispatchers a young child had been left alone in a car while their mother was inside.

"She's inside not even paying attention and he's out here in the heat,” the caller said.

Over at the Sedgwick County Jail, the manager of the parking garage called 911 and told the operator he spotted the 8-year-old sitting alone in a car while his mother visited a relative in the jail. The man told the operator he had gotten him out of the hot car until police could get there.

Along with the similar incident at the Walmart on West Kellogg Street, there have been three incidents in 24 hours in which children were left alone in cars and strangers have called for help. Police tell us in all three cases, those strangers did exactly the right thing.

“It is never okay to leave children unattended in a vehicle. We will take whatever action necessary as the police department goes to make sure that doesn't happen,” Lt. Doug Nolte with the Wichita Police Department.

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