Mum who left son in car during heatwave for 70 MINUTES walks free from court

A MUM who left her two-year-old boy in her car for 70 minutes during the heatwave to go shopping has walked free from court.

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HEATWAVE: The child was left in a car as temperatures rocketed to 23C in Okehampton Devon

The 40-year-old left her son in the back of her Fiat 500 in Okehampton, Devon, as temperatures rocketed to 23C.

Cops had to smash a window to remove the toddler who was described as “dripping wet”.

Estate agent Jonathan Mansell, whose office overlooked the parked car, told the court: “It was a very hot day, a bright sunny day.

“The child was awake.

“He was definitely very hot.

“His T-shirt was wet and there was sweat on his face.”

A group of concerned men tried to get into the car through its soft top roof – before a police officer smashed a window, Exeter magistrates heard.

CCTV captured the incident in July last year.

PC Martin Evans, who freed the boy, said: “The sweat was dripping and running down his face and his hair was plastered to his skull.

“It was a hot, bright day.”

The court also heard the mum was in a “state of shock” and the child was taken to hospital in Exeter.

Dr Anthony Hudson, consultant in emergency medicine, examined the boy and noticed “no concerns of physical injury”, but he said there was potential for heat stroke.

The mum, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found not guilty of abandoning her child in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to his health.

The mother, who lives in Croydon, south London, told the court: “I had absolutely no intention of leaving him in the car for 70 minutes.

“I was completely unaware of the time.

“If he had been awake I would have taken him with me.

“He conked out, he was absolutely shattered.

“If there had been any sort of risk I simply would not have left him.”

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