Charges possible after children found locked in hot vehicle in Penticton

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PENTICTON - For some people, the message just doesn’t seem to be getting through when it comes to leaving kids or pets in locked vehicles.

RCMP were called to the Walmart parking lot last Thursday evening, July 30, after bystanders noticed kids left in a car, according to Penticton RCMP media spokesperson Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth.

Police found a one-year-old and a three-year-old in the vehicle, crying, with no parents in sight. Police were able to unlock the vehicle and release the kids from the vehicle which was very hot. Police were on scene 35 minutes before the kids’ mother showed up. She told police she had only gone into the store 'for a few minutes.'

Ambulance personnel attended the scene and took the children to hospital. The Ministery of Children and Family is now involved in the incident and police are investigating child endangerment charges.

During the day temperatures reached 32.6 Celsius in Penticton on July 30.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at sarstad@infonews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.


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