Police have arrested the parents of a one-year-old boy who came close to death after being left in a sweltering car while they went shopping.The tot became seriously ill with heatstroke after a 24-year-old woman and 28-year-old man left the youngster in a car for around 30 minutes. Despite one of the car’s windows being left open, the child was spotted by worried passersby who saw the lad crying out in pain as temperatures soared to a sizzling 25C (77F).
Officers forced open the door and the tot was rushed to Royal Stoke University Hospital where he was treated for heatstroke and dehydration. The couple were arrested when they returned to their car on Wolstanton Retail Park in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs., at around 5.50pm on Tuesday. The parents, from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire., remain in police custody.
Shopper Elaine Wilson, 50, who witnessed the arrest, said: “It was horrendous, the little lad was bright red and looked exhausted. The police were brilliant and the little lad was rushed to hospital. What kind of moron leaves a kiddie in a hot car during a heatwave?”