A mother in Porirua, New Zealand left her baby in a locked car on Saturday (March 23) during a supermarket run, reports said.
The abandoned baby was seen wrapped in a blanket with a note, visible to anyone walking by that requested to call the mother for help if anything happened.
After a photo of the baby and the note was published in The New Zealand Herald, people of course got riled up. Leaving a child unattended can lead to severe consequences in any country.
A parking-lot witness told the newspaper: “It was written from the baby’s perspective, and it said, ‘my mum’s in doing the shopping, call her if I need anything,’ and it had the cellphone number. We waited there for a little bit, wondering if the mum was just going to be two seconds and come back. And my wife said, ‘I’m not going in without someone being here with the baby.'”
Since no formal complaints have been filed, police are not currently investigating the incident, but witnesses expressed their disdain for the woman most of them called ‘heartless’ for leaving her baby unattended to.