Fairy Meadow rescue: freak key toss leaves toddler trapped in hot car

The girl and her mother await an ambulance. Picture: Angela Thompson

The girl and her mother await an ambulance. Picture: Angela Thompson

A toddler has been freed from a locked car at Fairy Meadow, after a freak toss of the keys left her trapped. 

The girl’s mother placed the child in a car parked on the Princes Highway about 1pm Wednesday, then tossed the car keys onto a front seat.

Police have been told the door locking component of the key connected with a hard surface such as the handbrake, so that once the door was closed, the entire car became locked. 

The infant, believed to be aged two and a half, became distressed as her mother tried in vain to open the doors.

With the car parked in the sun, and the outdoor temperature approaching 25, the woman called police for help. 

A Wollongong Highway Patrol officer smashed in a rear window to free the girl.

The car's missing rear window shows where the girl was freed. Picture: Angela Thompson

The car's missing rear window shows where the girl was freed. Picture: Angela Thompson

Wollongong Highway Patrol Sergeant Stewart Arnold said police were satisfied the girl’s mother had done nothing wrong. 

“It was inadvertent; the mother was quite distressed when it occurred,” he said. 

NSW Ambulance paramedics were called to the location about 1.10pm.

The girl was assessed but did not require treatment or transport to hospital. 

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