Shoppers at the ‘Park n Save’ store in Porirua, New Zealand were shocked to find a baby in the back seat of a car all alone with a note pinned to it’s blanket.
The note written from the perspective of the baby said: ‘My mum’s in doing the shopping call her if I need anything’, with mums mobile phone number detailed underneath.
“We waited there for a little bit, wondering if the mum was just going to be two seconds and come back” said the couple who discovered the baby. “As parents ourselves we know it is hard to get a baby to sleep, and once you start moving them they can wake up. We thought it was just a silly decision by a tired mother.”
Sue Campbell from Plunket a child safety organisation said the risk of leaving a baby alone were significant. “Babies can dehydrate quickly and become very distressed. So for a newborn that’s one of the key issues. Plus there’s a security issue a small baby is unable to defend itself if need be, or call for help, or anything like that.”
A spokesperson for the local police reiterated that it is illegal to leave a child under 14 alone for an unreasonable amount of time. SOURCE