Trapped toddlers saved at Pretoria shopping mall

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock

Police and mall security reportedly saved two toddlers trapped in a car in an underground parking at Brooklyn Mall, in Pretoria.

According to Roany Barnes, security operations manager at the mall, a guard patrolling the underground parking area, noticed the two toddlers in the vehicle after the car’s alarm was set off on Thursday.

Barnes inspected the vehicle and found the two toddlers sweating profusely and struggling to breathe, Rekord East reported.

The children were reportedly trapped in 30°C heat.

Barnes then notified his superiors, who reported the matter to police.

Mall security then proceeded to break the back window of the vehicle, after unsuccessfully attempting to break open the driver’s door.

The two children were freed, and were looked after by bystanders who waited until the father of the children arrived.

When the father arrived, they reportedly confronted and accosted him on his bad parenting.

According to Barnes, the father’s parking ticket indicated that he arrived at 5.25pm, and only returned to the vehicle just before at 6.55pm.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Dave Miller said Brooklyn police would investigate the matter.

Miller said that leaving the children, exposed them to another danger.

“That car could have easily been stolen, and then the children might have been abducted,” Miller said.

The father later accompanied police to the station, to further discuss the matter.

Last month, four children died after being trapped in a freezer in Ermelo, Mpumalanga.

The children, aged between 4 and 6, suffocated to death after being trapped in a freezer stored in an outside building of a house in the area.

A relative of one of the children had reportedly cleaned the freezer earlier that morning and left the door open for it to dry.

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