Outrageous Report: Woman Accused of Going Shopping While Locking Toddler in Hot Car
— Nine News Adelaide (@9NewsAdel) April 4, 2016
An Australian woman claims she “forgot” her 3-year-old son was in the car when she locked the doors and went shopping on a 106-degree day.
Trisha Ownsworth pleaded not guilty today to an aggravated charge of “creating a risk of serious harm,” The Daily Mail Australia reported.
Her son was found hysterically crying after being left in a hot car for 51 minutes.
Someone walking by saw the toddler and alerted the situation to authorities, a prosecutor said.
It wasn’t until nearly an hour later that the mom, who'd been shopping with her daughter, “stumbled across” her child being cared for by an ambulance officer, he added.
The attorney for Ownsworth argued that it was sheer “forgetfulness” that led the 37-year-old mother of three to leave her son in the car.
“People can forget things for all sorts of reasons,” said Adam Gaite.
“This is a monumental case of inadvertence, but it doesn't place her, in my respectful submission, into the category of a criminal.”
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