Did you see the story about the New Zealand mother who left her newborn child in a vehicle while she ran into a store to do some shopping? It’s not just that she left the child in the car unattended, but she left a note on the sleeping newborn that said she was in the store shopping and if there was a problem to call a phone number she left on the note.
Besides it being illegal, there are so many things that can happen to a small child left unattended in a vehicle. A malfunction with the vehicle can cause it to catch fire, the child can fall victim to a predator, the vehicle can be stolen, the child can be overcome by the elements, and these are just a few things. Think of the worst possible things… it can happen.
there is a law that prohibits minors from being left in an unattended vehicle by any adult unless such child has the present ability to release themselves from the vehicle. In the case where the children were found wandering the parking lot, officers considered child endangerment to be an appropriate charge. Overland Park