Mum To Face Charges After Leaving Children, One And Six, Locked In Hot Car

A mother will be charged after allegedly leaving her children, aged one and six, inside a hot car.

The two children were found crying inside a parked car at Springvale Shopping Centre about 1pm on Sunday, police said.

The baby boy and primary school-aged girl were taken to hospital suffering heat stress, a spokeswoman for Ambulance Victoria said.

The mother, 29, will be charged on summons with two counts of leaving a child unattended.

The charge carries a possible penalty of a $4000 fine or 6 months imprisonment.

The temperature in Springvale was about 25 degrees at the time of the incident.

Dr Mark Stokes, President of Kidsafe Victoria, has previously said "the temperature inside a parked car during the Australian summer can be 20 to 30 degrees hotter than the outside temperature".

Previous studies have shown a car left unattended in the sun on a 28C day can reach a deadly 60C in just 20 minutes.