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Police Looking For Parents Of Boy Locked In Hot Sydney Car

Police are trying to locate the parents of a boy who was allegedly left locked in a vehicle outside a block of units in Neutral Bay today.

About 11.15am this morning police were called to Powell Street in Neutral Bay, after being alerted that a child was locked in a vehicle.

Police arrived and found the boy visibly distressed, possibly aged between two to three, locked inside a Kia.

Police were forced to break a window to remove the child.

The boy was then checked by NSW Ambulance paramedics and was reported to have mild dehydration.

It’s believed the child was in the vehicle for around 40 minutes.

The parents of the young child have not yet been found and investigations are continuing.

This incident has prompted police to encourage parents and carers to be aware of the risks associated with leaving children alone in the car.

- There is a risk of being abducted if they are left alone in a car, even if the car is locked.

- On a typical summer day, the temperature inside a car (even with the windows rolled down a little) can quickly rise above 50 to 60 degrees.

- Even on a relatively mild day, the temperature inside a car can get above 40 degrees.

- At those temperatures, children are at great risk for heat stroke, which can lead to a high fever, dehydration, seizures, stroke and death.

- Anyone who sees a child left unattended in a vehicle is urged to contact 000 and help make sure the child gets out as soon as possible.

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