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Toddler Locked In Car In Sydney's West For 45 Minutes

Police are again warning parents to be aware of the dangers of leaving children in cars after a toddler was locked in a vehicle in Sydney’s west today.

About 3.40pm yesterday emergency services were called to Sherwood Road, Merrylands West, following reports a child had been locked in a car for about 45 minutes.

Police from Cumberland Police Area Command attended and pulled the distressed 16-month-old boy from the vehicle.

He was assessed on scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics.

Officers then formally spoke to the boy's parents and inquiries are now 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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