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Woman charged after child left in car outside Edmonton mall in -8 C weather Add to ...

A woman has been charged after an eight-year-old girl was left unattended in a vehicle at an Edmonton shopping centre.

Police say officers responding to a call Nov. 29 at South Edmonton Common found the child in a car that was cold to the touch.

The temperature outside was about -8 C at the time.

Officers had the girl unlock the vehicle and placed her in the warm patrol car.

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An investigation determined the child has been left unattended for more than an hour.

The woman was charged under the Child, Youth and Family Act with causing a child to be in need of intervention.

There were reports that the girl had at one point gone to look for her mother in a store, but couldn’t find her.

Police say the child was dressed appropriately for winter weather, but the car had cooled down “substantially.”

“A vehicle is not a babysitter. Leaving a child unattended in a vehicle goes beyond the weather conditions, whether it is a cold winter day or hot summer day,” Const. Kamlesh Patel said in a news release Friday.

“The safety and well-being of a child should always be the priority.”

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