A devastated mother has shared a heartbreaking final photo with her son after he was found dead, having allegedly being locked in a hot car amid Sydney’s heatwave.
Paramedics were called to a home in Chester Hill in Sydney’s west at around 3:30pm on Sunday, but tragically found the 22-month-old boy unresponsive inside the home. NSW Police later confirmed they had received reports that he had been locked in a car outside the residence, as temperatures rose past 30℃.
According to 7 News, the baby’s mother – named in multiple reports as Samantha Rowlands – was seen running down the street by neighbours shouting “my baby”, visibly distraught, having reportedly left her baby in the care of family members.
She has now taken to Facebook to share a loving photo with her son, Jone, simply captioning it: “My baby,” alongside a series of crying and broken heart emojis.
Meanwhile, a family member told the Daily Mail Australia on Monday: “She’s broken – devastated. She doesn’t want to believe that this has happened to her baby.
“My family is angry. This shouldn’t have happened to that little boy.”
Meanwhile, more close friends shared tributes to the little boy on Facebook with one writing: “Rest In Peace beautiful angel we love u [sic],” while another added: “Oh Sammy call me cuz I’m here I’m right her!! Call me please I love you so much. I’m so sorry.”
And one added: “Rip little fella fly high.”
Shortly after the distraught mother was filmed running down the street and being comforted outside the house, an older woman was filmed being wheeled out of the house on a stretcher before being treated for shock by paramedics.
“Officers from Bankstown Police Area Command established a crime scene and are continuing inquiries,” police said in a statement.
Meanwhile a police spokesman added to the Mail Online: “The child had been left unattended, we’re still looking into the circumstances surrounding his death.”
It comes after Ambulance Victoria released staggering figures last year showing the amount of children being rescued from hot cars across Victoria alone. According to their report, paramedics in the state responded to 1587 callouts for people locked in cars across Victoria between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018.
Meanwhile, they said as many as 5,000 children are rescued from unattended cars across the country every year.