Baby locked in, mum’s panic moment - RACQ to the rescue
ORGANISING a birthday is stressful at the best of times, but accidentally locking your baby in the car a day after the big day, takes it to new heights.
Yeppoon's April Deacon knows what it feels like.
Last week, she accidentally locked her one-year-old daughter Mila in the car as she was putting her in the car after daycare.
She described her situation as one of panic, but she said she was counting her lucky stars it wasn't a scorching Rockhampton day.
"I was a little bit worried, but Mila wasn't crying and she was fine," she said.
The Yeppoon woman praised the speedy efforts of an RACQ worker, who arrived within 10 minutes of her call.
April told The Morning Bulletin she picked Mila up from her North Rockhampton daycare centre.
On her way to her Dodge Avenger in the car park, she carried Mila and her car keys in her right arm and two bags in her left.
"I opened the front passenger door and threw the bags onto the seat," she said.
"Then I placed Mila in her seat at the back and placed the keys down by accident."
When April moved around to the driver's side she realised the keys were next to Mila's car seat.
By then, she said, she automatically locked her doors, a habit she always used to do in her former Melbourne home city as a precaution.
Without thinking, she opened her door to get the keys without manually unlocking them.
When she closed her door, it "clicked".
The driver-side door automatically locked and the keys were still next to Mila's car seat.
"I rang RACQ and they were there in an instant.
"I've had to deal with situation similar to this, but never expected them to be there that quick ... the whole thing took less than 20 minutes.
"I would like to thank RACQ and the officer for being so quick and helpful," she said.