A Canadian mom who accidentally locked her toddler son in the car when she was picking him up from daycare expected police to rush to her aid.
But when she called 911, the operator told her no one would come -- because it's against their policy to unlock doors for citizens who lock the keys in the car.
So who's willing to bet they would've sent an officer lickety split if little Michael Desrosiers had been passed out from the heat in the car?
In the end, CNews reports the toddler spent 10 whole minutes in the car until his dad was able to come with a blanket and a hammer and bash a window of mom Chantal's Ford Escape to rescue the child.
Chantal had accidentally locked the keys -- and Michael -- in the car at around 3 p.m. as she was picking him up from daycare. The temperature was 32 degrees Celsius -- roughly 89.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
The boy is doing OK despite the incident, but what's disturbing is emergency officials have faulted the operator NOT for not sending help, but for not remaining on the line until the problem was resolved.
I'm hip to cutting out the "ooh, I locked myself out" services to save money and keep police on the streets to answer true emergencies.
But a child in a hot car constitutes a true emergency in my book.
And if the police won't help -- who will? Especially because unlike the parents who would remember a cell phone before a kid, even good parents can have accidents. I once had my daughter buckled into the seat when I realized I'd forgotten something in my house. I'd turned the car on and put the car in gear -- which automatically locks the doors.
So I turned it off and unlocked my door, intending to just run into the house quickly and grab whatever item it was. But as I hopped out, my elbow hit the lock on my driver's side door, locking her AND the keys inside.
Fortunately it was a temperate day in winter, and my husband was just around the corner and able to rush over to help us out.
Locking your keys in the car is an inconvenience. Locking your kids in the car is a matter of life or death.
Should the cops make an exception for kids locked in cars over keys locked in cars?
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