Kelowna man leaves kids inside truck on 33 degree day

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KELOWNA - A man left two kids age five and 10 inside a truck in the heat of the day for half an hour, but he took a young girl with him inside the air-conditioned store.

Temperatures had hit 33 Celsius by 3:25 p.m. July 11 when Kelowna RCMP received the call children were left alone inside a hot vehicle at Walmart, located at 1555 Banks Road. The two boys were removed from the Ford pickup truck and immediately assessed by paramedics. 

The driver, a 41-year-old Kelowna man, arrived shortly after and was arrested. The youngest boy's mom was called and he was handed into her care. The Ministry of Children and Families were called to help return the older children to their mother.

The man was released, but police are recommending he be charged with failing to provide the necessities of life. He's scheduled to appear in court September 25.

The Kelowna RCMP want to remind the public it is never ok to leave a child or pet in a parked vehicle. The temperature, even in the shade with the windows partly open can rapidly reach levels that can cause serious harm, or even kill.

They say anyone who sees a child or animal in distress or in a locked car should call 911.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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