We are all aware of the risks of leaving kids unattended in cars. They could die of heat exhaustion. They could let off the park brake and roll the car. They could play with the cigarette lighter and set the car on fire. Or in this case, someone could come along and steal the car, with the kid in it.
Mia O’Reilly (2) was left behind in her dumbarse dad’s station wagon, along with her 6 year old sister at 10.45am outside a Coffs Harbour shopping centre on June 10 (which was a public holiday). Dumbarse dad had gone into the shops to get a cup of coffee, leaving his daughters and the car keys in the ignition. You can guess what happens next, right? Minutes later, a young man got into the car and told the girls to be quiet. The older sister had the bravery and good sense to unbuckle her seatbelt and that of her little sister’s so that they could escape. Older sister managed to get out in time and ran down the street calling for help, but Mia, being 2 years old, was too scared to climb out, so she was taken along with the station wagon.
An hour and a half later, a hotel owner found the abandoned station wagon, along with Mia, and rang the police. Mia was reunited with her mum, and (unfortunately) the nitwit who put his caffeine craving above the welfare of his two young daughters. Betcha Mum gave him a hell of a backhand for being such a selfish idiot. He came so close to never seeing his daughters ever again. Police believe that the thief was looking for an easy opportunity to steal a car. But it could have been so much worse. The offender could have been a pedophile. He could have been looking for “fresh meat” for a child porn syndicate. He could have been a serial killer, who would have killed the little girls just because he could. None of that crossed the dumbarse dad’s mind, all he cared about was his precious coffee fix. What a selfish bastard.
Police are still looking for the offender, who is described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance and in his 20s. They are also reminding parents not to leave their kids unattended in the car, not even for a minute. Anyone with information should ring Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Leaving a child unattended in a vehicle is a punishable offence in NSW and can carry fines. I trust Dumbarse dad will be charged with his neglect of his girls. How hard is it to take the girls out of the car, take them into the coffee shop with you, and get your coffee, plus maybe get them a hot chocolate or a babycino? Really! I think Dumbarse Dad resented having the girls with him, so he left them out in the car so he could have a moment to himself. Apart from leaving them unattended, I think it’s pretty bloody selfish for him to go and get himself a coffee and not get anything for the girls. The older girl must have felt left out and wondering why Daddy didn’t want them to come into the shops with him