Mum, 39, left her baby inside ‘70C’ hot car because she was ‘distracted by her other three kids who excitedly rushed into shop’


A MUM-OF-FOUR has been arrested after leaving her baby in a blazing hot car while she shopped with her other three children.

Holli Platt, 39, says she got “distracted” by her excited children rushing off to shop at a Target store in Arizona, USA leaving her baby in the car for 18 minutes before a concerned onlooker broke the car window.

Chandler Police Department

39-year-old Platt was charged with one count of child abuse[/caption]

Police who arrived at the scene learned that a baby was “crying and sweating” inside a parked car, with scorching outside temperatures of 45C.

Horrified officers say the temperature inside the car could have gone up 25 degrees while the baby was locked in the vehicle, making the interior temperature around 70C.

A concerned onlooker who spotted the distressed baby broke the window of the car and removed the baby under advice from a 911 dispatcher.

Platt did not arrive back at the scene until after her name was called out on a tannoy, and left her other three children inside the Traget store.

Reviewing CCTV footage, police say Platt left the baby inside the car for approximately 18 minutes.

She was arrested at the scene and charged with child abuse.

Almost 1,000 kids have died in hot cars in the US in the last 30 years.

Hot car deaths account for around 38 child deaths in the US every year, with rapidly changing climates and freak heatwaves increasing the danger.

This summer alone, several horrific child deaths have been reported after innocent kids were left alone in sweltering cars.

One-year-old twins Luna and Phoenix tragically died after they were left in a car in 30C heat for eight hours in New York.

And a mum once named “Teacher of the Year” was charged with murder after allegedly leaving her disabled daughter to die in a hot car for more than five hours.

In a tragic accident, another mum killed her two-year-old daughter after leaving her locked in a parked car on her driveway as she took a midday nap – even phoning police when she awoke to report her daughter missing.

Following Platt’s arrest, her three other children were released to their dad.


Platt’s children were released to her husband as she was arrested[/caption]


A concerned onlooker rescued the ‘screaming and sweating’ baby from the locked car after breaking a window[/caption]

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