Mother left baby alone in car for 30 minutes

A 39-YEAR-OLD Bangalow woman who left a baby locked in a car while she went shopping in Lismore Shopping Square has been fined $300 in Lismore Local Court.

At 3pm on Sunday, June 15, Carolyn Elizabeth Harrington parked in the shopping centre car park, leaving the child in the rear seat.

She locked the car and made her way into the shopping centre and to Woolworths, accompanied by another woman and a child.

A person concerned about the child in the car flagged down a police patrol.

Police checked the car's registration and called the owner's mobile phone but it was turned off.

The NRMA was called by police to unlock the car.

When the child was freed waiting ambulance officers gave the child a medical check.

Police made inquires in the shopping centre making announcements in Kmart, Coles and Big W.

By the time Harrington approached police to claim responsibility for the child over 30 minutes had elapsed.

But Harrington argued with police that she had only been gone 10 minutes.

CCTV footage showed Harrington entering the shopping centre at 3pm with the other woman and a child. She approached police at 3.35pm.

She pleaded guilty to a charge of leaving a child in a motor vehicle causing emotional distress.



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