Photo Of Infant Left Alone In Locked Car Goes Viral
YAHOO.COM - There is no perfect way to be a parent, and everyone's rules are not
the same for fostering a child. That being said, when a parent does
something that seems wrong to the vast majority of people, that parent's
possible error in judgment takes the spotlight -- and the primary
concern is the safety and well-being of the child.
A photograph taken in New Zealand is causing quite an uproar around
the world. The photo at the center of the controversy is of an infant asleep in a car seat
locked alone inside a car. A note, seemingly written from the baby's
perspective, is attached to the chest and reads, "my mums in doing the
shopping, call her if I need anything." There is a phone number written
at the end.
A couple who saw the baby in the car talked to the New Zealand
Herald. "We waited there for a little bit, wondering if the mum was just
going to be two seconds and come back," the man said. "And my wife
said, 'I'm not going in without someone being here with the baby.'" The
couple also noted that the baby did look well taken care of and that
they know how difficult it can be to get an infant to go to sleep.
Someone did eventually call the mom, and the picture was uploaded to
Facebook, where it quickly went viral due to people's outrage.
It is illegal in New Zealand for a parent or guardian to leave a
child under 14 years of age alone for an unreasonable time or in
unreasonable conditions. However, police are not looking for the mother,
because no one has filed a formal complaint. Justin Rakena, senior
sergeant for Porirua Police, said, "If they do call us, we'll be acting
Friday, December 6 2013 2:18 PM EST2013-12-06 19:18:21 GMT
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