Baby Left With Note in Grocery Store Parking Lot

    March 25, 2013
    Sean Patterson
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Shopping with children is certainly high up on the list of stressful activities for parents. The alternative of leaving the baby alone is not a real option, but a woman in New Zealand decided this weekend that it was.

The New Zealand Herald is reporting that a mother left her baby alone in a car in the parking lot of the Porirua, New Zealand Pak’nSave grocery store. A note was left on the infant, reading,”My mum’s in doing the shopping, call her if I need anything.” The man who found the baby promptly called the number left on the note and summoned the child’s mother to the parking lot.

Though leaving a child alone in such a way is illegal in New Zealand, no charges were mentioned by the Herald report.

Leaving a child unattended in a vehicle, especially in hot weather, is dangerous. Children die as a result of the practice on a yearly basis, and some states have laws that allow parents to be prosecuted on manslaughter charges for such deaths.

(Image courtesy Polly Gillespie on Facebook)

  • Donnie

    people look at this. this is not right this mom should have not had this baby is she is going to leave it in the car to go shopping. what if this baby had died how would she feel about that.

  • Summer

    You need a license to operate a vehicle, to perform certain jobs, and even to get married.

    But you don’t need one to bring a life into the world.

    Should probably change that.

  • shannon

    are you for real! this parent should not have this baby anymore. how can you leave a new baby in a car. really does she not think that it can be kidnapped or have him taken away from her. there are so many ppl that want babies and cant have them and she does this

  • Hroo

    Look at the child: clearly too young to go anywhere.

  • Giftly

    OMG!!!!! That all I can say, I cant believe someone would do such a thing!!!!

  • Melody

    A baby this small wouldn’t be any more trouble sleeping in his car seat in the shopping cart as he would be sleeping in his car seat in the car.

  • KBM

    If this is real and not a staged photo, why would anyone who saw the baby call the mother instead of the police. The people who waited by the car, took the photo’s and called the mother are just as guilty as the mother. WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE THESE DAYS?