Montreal police field 37 calls for babies left alone in cars in June

Police in Montreal broke a window of a vehicle where a baby was left alone, Thursday, July 10,...

Police in Montreal broke a window of a vehicle where a baby was left alone, Thursday, July 10, 2014. MAXIME DELAND / QMI AGENCY

Valerie Gonthier, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:12 PM ET

MONTREAL -- After Thursday's news that a Montreal woman left her child unsupervised in a hot car while she was shopping, police have told QMI Agency that this happens more than one might think.

"Since June 1, 911 has received 37 phone calls regarding children left unattended in vehicles," Danny Richer, a spokesman for the Montreal Police, told QMI.

When police arrived at the Rockland Shopping Centre in the Town of Mount Royal, Que., on Thursday, they saw a child crying in a locked vehicle.

"As of now, our investigation leads us to believe that the mother left her child unattended for up to 40 minutes," said Richer.

The fine for leaving a child under the age of seven unattended in a car in Quebec is $60. Richer told QMI Agency there is also an additional $40 administrative fee.

The police fined the woman $60, and filed a complaint with child protection services. The case has been turned over to crown prosecutors who could file more serious charges.

 


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