Wellington, May 20 (ANI): A Kiwi woman left her 3-week-old daughter sleeping in an unlocked car for five hours as she went on a booze binge at a nearby house.
Her 5-year-old son is also said to have been in her Subaru Legacy station wagon. The boy reportedly went to find his mother and fell asleep at the house, reports the New Zealand Herald.
The occupants of a house in Tourmalin Place, in the South Auckland suburb of Wiri, called cops on Wednesday night to say the car parked in their driveway had a baby inside.
According to detective Senior Sergeant Dave Pizzini, the residents knew who the woman was, even though they didn”t know her personally.
Cops found the woman, 26, at a house about 50m away.
She was “in an extremely intoxicated state, to the extent she had to be assisted to walk back to her car”.
Her son was asleep in a bedroom at the house but the woman had no clue about his whereabouts, Pizzini said.
The two children will remain in the care of a Child, Youth and Family foster family over the next few days while the incident is investigated.
The mother appeared in court on two charges of abandoning a child aged under 6, which carries a maximum penalty of seven years” imprisonment. (ANI)