Police are issuing a reminder not to leave children unattended in vehicles after they say they dealt with two such incidents at one east end parking lot in less than 10 minutes on Saturday.
Both incidents occurred in the parking lot of Argyle Mall at Dundas Street and Clarke Road between 5:08 p.m. and 5:17 p.m., police said.
In the first incident, police say a citizen alerted them at 5:08 p.m. to a child who was left alone in a vehicle. A nine-month-old child, who police said was found to be in good health, was located inside the vehicle. The child’s father was located in one of the plaza’s stores, police said.
About nine minutes later, at 5:17 p.m., police say another citizen reported a similar incident elsewhere in the parking lot involving two children, a one-year-old and a two-year-old. When officers arrived at the vehicle, police say the mother of the children was there and told officers she had gone to buy a few groceries. Both children were in good health, police said.
“It was determined that the children in both cases were left unattended approximately 10 minutes or less,” said a police release.
Police say Children’s Aid Society was called for both cases, and no charges were laid.
“The London Police Service is reminding citizens not to leave children unattended in vehicles,” said the release. “Not only does it not take long for heat to rise within a vehicle, but leaving children unattended increases the risk of potential abduction, among other safety concerns.”