Gambling Addict Leaves Baby in Hot Car to Play Bingo11 months ago
A mother has left her 14-month old son in a sweltering hot car while she went to play bingo leaving the child fighting for his life.
The Australian gambling addict abandoned her child in temperatures exceeding 40 degree Celsius for a period of five hours and was known to be a long-time regular at the slot machine venue.
The 32-year-old mother had been seen periodically checking on the child before returning inside. On returning to the car she found the baby unresponsive and called on bystanders to help her perform CPR until medical assistance arrived.
Campaigners immediately blamed a spiralling gambling problem in the state of Victoria citing a lack of support from the government. Others took aim at what they described as a weak justice system that fails to protect the innocent.
The incident took place less than a month after the Australian government started a campaign to highlight the awareness of leaving young children in cars outside. Temperatures can easily exceed 47 degrees Celsius after a single hour.
Local media reached out to the gambling venue for comment but a spokesperson would only say the case was now in the hands of the police.
The mother was bailed to report to court at a later date.
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