A WOMAN left her newborn baby locked in her car in a supermarket carpark with a note asking fellow shoppers to call if there were any problems.
Police are unable to investigate at present as no-one has made a complaint about her behaviour.
The incident happened outside a Porirua Pak ‘N Save on Saturday morning.
The woman’s cellphone number was left on the note.
A photo was taken of the infant and the note and posted on Facebook, prompting outrage, but Porirua police said they could not investigate until a complaint was made.
A man told the New Zealand Herald that he saw the baby and note after he parked next to the car with his family.
“It was written from the baby’s perspective, and it said, ‘My mum’s in doing the shopping, call her if I need anything’, and it had the cellphone number,” he said.
“We waited there for a little bit, wondering if the mum was just going to be two seconds and come back. And my wife said, ‘I’m not going in without someone being here with the baby’.”
There were plenty of comments on Facebook about the situation, with Cat Marie Horne saying:
“I’m sorry this is completely irresponsible! You do not leave children under the age of 14 unsupervised at all.
“Why did she have time to write a note?? Secondly, you do not put a capsule seat in the front of a car, due to dashboard airbags. Also, if you are that tired you should not be driving.”
Linda Gill wrote:
“It was in Porirua, according to the original Facebook post… and it’s not something I would have done but I choose not to come on here and condemn her.
“It’s very easy to come on here and cast judgement on others, because I’m sure you’ve never, ever done anything wrong in your lives.
“The difference is someone took a photo this time. Aren’t you all glad that someone isn’t following you around with a camera. (Aimed at no one in particular, just food for thought).”
It is illegal for a parent or guardian to leave a child under the age of 14 alone for an unreasonable time or in unreasonable conditions. Doing so could result in a fine of up to $2000.