A mother in St-Jérôme has been fined after leaving her two young children in a vehicle while doing groceries.
Employees at the Maxi and Cie grocery store at the Carrefour du Nord noticed two young children in a vehicle and called police.
St-Jérôme police spokesperson Jean-François Gratton says when they arrived on the scene a 4-year-old and 8-year-old were sweating in the parked vehicle. The windows were left slightly opened.
“When we opened the doors to the vehicle it was very, very hot, 37 degrees with the humidity,” he said.
The 8-year-old opened the door for the officers. Gratton says it took them 15 to 20 minutes to locate the mother in the store.
Gratton says she told police the children had asked to stay in the car.
She was fined 60 dollars and police alerted child protection.
The children were not seriously injured, if they had been, the mother could have been charged with negligence.
Gratton wants to remind people to never leave a child in a vehicle no matter the temperature.