Three young Northland men usually known to police for all the
wrong reasons turned heroes instead when they broke into a
parked car to rescue a baby left locked inside.
Sergeant Peter Masters, of Paihia police, said the 14-month-
old girl had been left inside a car next to a playground
while her father was in town on Tuesday afternoon. Two of the
windows were slightly open to let in air but the day had
turned hot and sunny.
Mr Masters said the three Waitangi youths, aged between 16
and 22, were concerned to see a baby alone in a car so asked
staff at the hotel across the road if the child belonged to a
Hotel staff, however, did not know the vehicle or the child.
After waiting for what they said was half-an-hour for the
baby's parents, they forced their way into the car and took
the baby to the hotel.
Staff called police and looked after the baby until her
father, a 23-year-old man from Kaikohe, was located.
The baby's father is understood to have been skateboarding at
Mr Masters said the young rescuers had colourful histories
and regular contact with the police, but he was grateful to
them for acting on their concerns for the baby's safety.
The girl was returned to extended family. Child, Youth and
Family had been notified and police were considering laying
charges related to leaving a child without supervision.