Infant left alone in parked car, taken to hospital
Ottawa paramedics said a one-month-old infant was taken to hospital after being left unattended in a parked car in Orleans Saturday afternoon.
Paramedics said the child appeared to have been in the vehicle for 45 minutes to an hour when they responded at 12:20 p.m.
It happened in the Home Depot parking lot at the intersection of Tenth Line Road and Innes Road.
Ottawa police said they had to break a window to get the infant out. Witnesses said the child's parents ran frantically out of the store when they saw what was happening.
The child was taken to hospital in stable condition for observation, according to paramedics.
One resident said her husband saw the rescue happening.
"He said that he got there just as the police were breaking the window on the car, and they took the baby out and its eyes were rolling back (in its head)," she said. "He felt so bad."
Reaction from people in the area was critical of the parents.
"If someone does that they should be punished," said one person. "Would you sit in a car right now for 45 minutes?"
"I don't think anyone should leave a baby in the car for any prolonged period of time whether it's this kind of weather or even when it's cold outside," another said.
Ottawa paramedics said they're reminding people to not leave children and animals unattended in parked vehicles for any amount of time, as temperatures inside can quickly rise.
"This child was suffering from heat exposure, temperatures in the car rise very quickly," said paramedic Jason St-Pierre. "This child was left for a period of time and children, as well as the elderly can't compensate as well during the high temperatures, and he was found initially to be quite lethargic."
With a report from CTV Ottawa's Katie Griffin