- A boy is fighting for life in hospital with critical injuries after being found in a car
- The child was rushed to Royal Children’s Hospital on Monday afternoon
- A resident saw him ‘convulsing’ and in cardiac arrest when authorities arrived
- Constable Lee Thomson said the boy was ‘unresponsive’ when he was found
An eight-year-old boy is fighting for his life after being found inside a family car as temperatures soared past 34C.
The child is in a critical condition after he was rescued from the Kia Carnival minivan on Maddox Road in Newport, Melbourne, on Monday afternoon.
He was found by one of his parents and rushed to the Royal Children’s Hospital, the Herald Sun reported.
A resident allegedly saw the boy, who is believed to attend a local school, convulsing in the back seat of the car and used an umbrella to shield him from the sun as emergency services frantically worked to free him.
The Age reported the eight-year-old was in cardiac arrest and not breathing.
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A child found in a car (pictured) with critical injuries has been rushed to hospital as temperatures soared to 34 degrees
The child, of unknown age and gender, was discovered on Maddox Road (pictured) in the inner Melbourne suburb of Newport
Police were called to the usually ‘quiet street’ at 2:45pm and didn’t tow the Kia car away until 6.30pm.
Police Leading Senior Constable Lee Thomson said the boy was ‘unresponsive’ when he was found.
‘It is unclear at this time how the boy came to be in the car however the incident is not believed to be suspicious at this time,’ Sen-Constable Thomson said.
Another resident who saw the commotion said it was a ‘very sad situation.’
‘I can’t imagine what the parents would be going through,’ they said. ‘It’s sad whichever way it happened — especially when kids are involved.’
Maddox Road has been cordoned off by police as investigations continue.
A resident commented on the matter when approached by the media, saying it is a ‘very sad situation’
Maddox Road has been cordoned off by police as investigations continue
Police were called after an ‘incident’ at 2:45pm and the child was rushed to Royal Children’s Hospital (pictured, stock image)