A Hamilton woman and her fiancé rescued a small, scared boy from a sweltering car Saturday, less than a week after a boy in nearby Burlington, Ont., died after being left in a hot vehicle.
Monique Mead said she and her fiancé pulled into the parking lot of the Walmart at the Upper James Supercentre around 5:40 p.m. and found a boy locked in a car and “soaking wet from head to toe in sweat.”
The child looked “about six years old” and was “freaking out and jumping around,” said Mead.
A 53-year-old Hamilton man has been charged with leaving a child unattended under the Child and Family Services Act.
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Mead’s fiancé pulled out some tools and was ready to smash the car’s window, when she managed to calm the boy down and show him how to unlock the door.
“We opened all the doors and he was really scared,” she wrote in a Facebook message to CBC News.
The couple called 911. Mead said about 10 minutes later a man came out of Walmart and told them the boy was his friend’s son.
The man told Mead the child wanted a drink, but didn’t want to come into the store, so he left him in the car with the doors locked and windows closed tight.