Police save two young children left unattended for over an hour in vehicle

Lethbridge Police rescued a three-year-old girl and four-year-old boy who were left unattended for over an hour inside a locked vehicle in -18 C weather.

On December 15, 2016 at approximately 11:30 p.m. police responded to a report of a child crying inside a locked, shut-off vehicle parked along the 200 block of 5 Street South. Police located the vehicle and observed a toddler in a car seat who was crying, shivering and in obvious distress. The vehicle doors were locked and police subsequently broke a window to gain entry. Upon searching the vehicle a second young child was located under a pile of clothes. Both children were transported to hospital and fortunately did not sustain any lasting injuries.

Upon further investigation police located a 31-year-old woman and 24-year-old woman, who were determined to be the mothers of the children, inside a nearby bar. Police subsequently obtained video surveillance which showed the women had been inside the bar for over an hour.

The 31-year-old woman and 24-year-old woman, who cannot be named in order to protect the identity of the children, are each charged with one count of failing to provide the necessities of life. They are currently remanded in custody awaiting a JIR hearing.

The children are in the care of a relative.