Baby roasted as dad played pokies

The 14-month-old was allegedly left alone in the car park of the MiHi Creek Hotel at Brassal.
The 14-month-old was allegedly left alone in the car park of the MiHi Creek Hotel at Brassal. Queensland Times

POLICE have charged an Ipswich man for allegedly leaving his baby son locked in his car while he went inside a bar to play the pokies.

Detectives who rushed to free the 14-month-old boy said he was distressed and extremely hot when he was released from the car parked in a hotel car park with the doors locked and the windows up.

Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics treated the child before taking him to Ipswich Hospital.

Ipswich Child Protection and Investigation Unit (CPIU) officer-in-charge Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Williams said the Department of Child Safety was looking into the case.

Snr Sgt Williams said the 14-month-old was allegedly left alone in a car in the car park of the MiHi Creek Hotel (pictured) at Brassall while his father went in to play the poker machines.

CCTV footage showed the father arrived at 12.44pm and went straight into the bar.

“A woman arrived and parked next to the car and saw the child inside,” Snr Sgt Williams said.

“She went inside the hotel and tried to find the father but no one paid any attention to her so she rang the police.

“A pair of detectives from the CPIU was dispatched Code 2 and they arrived four minutes later.

“One of the detectives went inside the hotel and yelled out for the father while the female detective stayed outside and hailed down a passing motorist to get a wheel-lock to smash the window.

“They were just about to smash the window when the detective brought the dad out. The windows were fully closed and the doors were locked.

“The child was highly distressed, sweating profusely, had a high body temperature and was wearing a urine-soaked nappy.

“It's disgraceful. Even in the cooler months, the temperature inside cars can reach very high levels.”

He said the father was scheduled to appear in court on July 13.

He was charged with leaving a child for an unreasonable time without making reasonable provision for the supervision and care of the child.

The charge was introduced last year for cases including children being left in vehicles while their parents gambled.

Snr Sgt Williams said the child's mother was at work yesterday and was “probably unaware of what was happening”.

“The Department of Child Safety was advised and an ongoing investigation was started into the welfare of the couple's other children aged 11 and 10,” he said.

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