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Baby left in locked car

Police said an investigation has been launched after an unaccompanied infant was found locked in a car in a parking lot yesterday morning.

Chief Superintendent B.K. Bonamy said the driver of the car is understood to be the child’s father.

“We at the Central Police Station are doing an investigation to determine if any charges will be filed against this person,” Bonamy said.

He said the man was not in police custody and that the child was put in the custody of his mother.

The incident, which was widely circulated in a video on social media, took place at the Ministry of Health.

Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands said the child was found accidentally by a passerby.

“[The person] looked in the car and saw that there was a baby in the car,” Sands said.

“The car was locked, all the windows were rolled up [and] the child was crying and appeared to be sweating. The driver of the car was not around, so [the passerby] came up to the administrative office, explained what was going on and asked if they could have permission to break into the car.

“I said, ‘Of course, yes.’ So they did that [and] at this point the driver showed up shortly afterwards and didn’t have a reasonable explanation as to why he would’ve left the child alone in a closed up vehicle in the heat and so the police was called.”

Acting Director of Social Services Lillian Quant-Forbes confirmed that her department also intends to launch an investigation into the matter.

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues.
Education: Goldsmith, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice
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