Baby Left With Note In Car; Mom Shops While Tot Naps And Causes Facebook Outrage
A baby left with a note in a car was photographed and sent to a popular radio DJ in New Zealand, where the post went viral and drew the outrage of hundreds when it was shared on Facebook. The baby was left with a note in a car in the parking lot of a Pak'n'Save in Porirua, New Zealand.
"My mum's in doing the shopping, call her if I need anything," the note read. The mother put her cell phone number on the note. According to The New Zealand Herald, a man who parked next to the car with the abandoned baby raised the alarm.
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"We waited there for a little bit, wondering if the mum was just going to be two seconds and come back," he said. "And my wife said, 'I'm not going in without someone being here with the baby.'"
Although the baby left with note in a car is shocking, New Zealand police told reporters that, unless someone issues a formal complaint, no criminality actually occurred. In New Zealand, leaving a baby or child under the age of 14 in a car "for an unreasonable time or in unreasonable conditions" is illegal and can result in a fine of up to $2,000.
In the court of public opinion, however, the mother responsible for the baby left with a note in the car is guilty as sin. The radio DJ who posted the pic, Polly Gillespie, posted the following comment along with the pic on her Facebook page.
"What is going on that ANYONE in this country, with all the access we have to Plunket and just plain common sense, would ever mean this could happen? Who in 2013 would dare to leave a newborn baby in a car on their own on a hot day? Or wait, are we over reacting? SERIOUSLY!! Is this something OUR parents might have done? Have we got all too crazy politically correct and over protective?" she wrote.
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