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Edmonton Child Left Unattended In Vehicle As Temperatures Soar Rushed To Hospital

07/03/2013 12:43 EDT | Updated 07/03/2013 12:43 EDT
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An Edmonton child was rushed to hospital after being left unattended inside a car, as the city reached record high heat Tuesday evening.

The child, whose condition is unknown, is believed to be under five years of age, according to the CBC.

Police are investigating the incident, added CBC.

Neighbours in a townhouse complex near 29 Street and 116A Avenue said they heard sirens and saw paramedics performing CPR on the young child in the doorway of the home, the Edmonton Journal reports.

“My heart dropped. I have three kids, young like that,” neighbour Josh Scott told the Journal.

Police would not confirm who was caring for the child - who was seen carried out on a stretcher - at the time of the incident, the Journal added.

The incident came mere hours after the Edmonton Police Service put out a call about the dangers of leaving children unattended in vehicles.

"It's already extremely hot (Tuesday); the temperature in a car is even hotter than the temperatures outside. Leaving a child unattended for any amount of time is very dangerous," acting Sgt. Barry Fairhurst, with the Child at Risk Response Team, was quoted by the Edmonton Sun as saying.

"It doesn't matter if the windows are cracked open or if it's just for a few minutes. Police take this type of behaviour very seriously and we will lay charges if they are warranted."

The investigation into the incident is continuing and no charges have been laid up to this point.

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