A fuming police officer lectured the careless mother who left her kids in a hot car for 20 minutes while she went to the grocery store, video footage of their conversation went viral in social media.
Police, firefighters, and ambulances were called to the scene of a Vancouver grocery store after officials received 911 calls about children being left in a Lexus on Monday.
A policeman was seen passionately scolding the mother, who stood looking defiant with her arms crossed, in a clip that was posted to Facebook on Thursday.
The officer asked the unidentified woman ‘what kind of parent’ she was for leaving her six-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy trapped inside a car for 20 minutes.
Temperatures in Vancouver for Monday were around 68 degrees Fahrenheit or around 20 degrees Celsius.
Though a seemingly mild temperature, the inside of a previously air conditioned vehicle can reach up to 122F or 50C in 20 minutes of sitting in the summer sun.
On average, 37 children die each year in the US from heatstroke caused by being left in a hot car.
Although no charges were filed against the woman, the incident was reported to Canadian child services, reported the Vancouver Sun.
A spectator who was watching from across the parking lot filmed the video.
In the clip, the sergeant is heard telling the woman: ‘No, you don’t seem to understand the danger you’ve put these children into.
‘Listen to me. You’re talking when you should be listening. Your children could have died. The windows were up, it’s hot out.
Why are you arguing? Do you want me to seize your kids and you’ll never see them again?’
The clip made its rounds on social media before Vancouver police chief Adam Palmer addressed the matter when it was brought up by reporters.
Palmer confirmed police were called to the scene after multiple citizens reported spotting the children in distress, and the car alarm was going off when they arrived.
He backed up the police officer’s actions, saying he was a ‘highly respected member of the police department’ and a ‘hard-working, dedicated officer’.
Palmer added: ‘I know that he has children of his own and you have to remember that police officers are just people.
‘We’re all human beings and everyone may react slightly differently to every set of circumstances and he was trying to convey to the woman the seriousness of what she’d done to the children.’
Article Sources: Clash Daily
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