Most Helpful Guys
You did the right thing, you did not know what the mom was doing she might of been placing a special order which could of lasted a while, rather than a quick dash in which case she could of left the car running. You could of gone into the store and asked who left a child in the car, but she probably would of gotten angry at the ladie who thought had to call the cops for leaving the child in the car a few minutes, and it wasn't a quick dash because it takes a few minutes for the cops to arrive. You might of saved a child's life in the future, hopefully she won't leave his child in her car in the future, or other kids she might have.
Most Helpful Girls
What? A bakery? That takes what...5 minutes? Where do you live that this is not normal?
In Belgium (where I live now) it's completely normal to leave your kids (even babies) in the car when you're doing something that would not take a lot of time (going to an ATM, the bakery, the post office,...) if the car isn't far away and can be watched a little. If they're a bit older, you can leave them in the car for longer and further away, 'cause why not? My mother also used to put me and my brother in some kind of bike trailer and left us outside in it if she had to run errands.
In Iceland (where I lived), it is perfectly acceptable and even a habit to leave a baby in a stroller or pram outside a store, coffee place, ... you name it. It can get pretty cold in Iceland, so when someone passing by thinks the baby looks cold, he or she just asks inside whose baby it is and whether they have an extra blanket.
I have never seen or heard of anyone calling the police for leaving an infant outside for 5 minutes, especially not if you know where the mother is. Just ask the mother if you're concerned? I don't believe the cops would ever show up for such a call in Belgium or Iceland.
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Parent or not, you did the right thing. There have been so many cases around the country where parents have literally forgotten that their child was in the car and that has led to their death. We are talking about someone who is helpless and cannot call for help themselves or unlock a door to get out if they were in trouble.
I can tell you as someone who used to work for a children's museum, that a child locked in a car had the police/ambulance at our facility within mere minutes because it IS that serious.
Taking care of ones children and their health and safety is a parent's responsibility. I guarantee you that every single person saying you overreacted would be the first ones to blame the parent for negligence had the child died, or someone tried to kidnap the child or other harm come to it by being left alone.