Police Refuse to Save Kid From Hot Car Because He's Not Unconscious


hot car kidA 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?


Image via Martin Burns/Flickr

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sarah... sarah_smile

Of course the police should have been sent if there was a child locked in the car on a hot day! I don't understand why they wouldn't come to help!!!

Hello... HelloKittyCrazy

Yea they should. It's a kid and most children that young cant unlock the doors themselves.

mistr... mistressScorpio

Unreal. I hope she keeps this in mind when the cops call up asking for donations for their various associations.

nonmember avatar Beret

This amazes me and not in a good way. Where was the police's common sense?? I once locked my son in the van while he was in his carseat. Luckily, with a little coaching from me he was able to unbuckle himself, climb over the front seat and let me in "I rescued you Mommy!". Stuff like this happens.

krenk... krenke414

That's ridiculous!! Of course that constitutes an emergency.  If anything had unfortuntely happened to that child they would be responsible.

kelli... kelli0585


I would blame the dispatcher.  Seriously.  I have plenty of cops in my family (my dad, brother, uncles).  Any cop would have come to the aid.  The dispatcher is the ONLY connection between the police and the citizen during a 911 call.  And if that dispactcher is anything like the dispatchers I've known in my town, they're a bunch of fat, lazy and disgruntled know-it-all women that only care about who's picking up lunch for the day.  They get into arguements all the time, and do nothing bot talk bad about each other.

Read between the lines.  This dispatcher probably didn't even BOTHER to notify police.  But making the cops out to be the bad guys instead of the dispatcher makes for a better story, right?

This is a case where I WOULD shoot the messenger.

Jenni... JenniferDawyn

I think that because her CHILD was in there, that changes the situation from a needing-the-doors-unlocked-because-I-locked-my-keys-inside to a life-and-death situation.  It was superhot, and it's (aiside from common sense) all in the news and whatnot that it gets even hotter even faster inside a vehicle.  That TOTALLY changes things.

kryst... krystel.justice

That's crazy. I'm wondering if the mom failed to explain the situation fully to the operator?

Jenni... JenniferDawyn

Oh, and Kellio, that's a good point to make.  This is in no way the police's fault - it's the dispatcher's job to notify them.  Unless they were strolling by at the time, they'd have no way of knowing what was going on.

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