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France - Father of girl rescued from car threatens to file complaint about broken window

By Johnny Summerton
Posted Jun 28, 2011 in Health
A father of a three-year-old girl left alone in a car in 30 degrees Celsius threatens to file a complaint against the man who rescued her.
It has been hot in France over the past couple of days - very hot.
Temperatures have climbed as high as 40 degrees Celsius in some parts of the country.
Not only is it inadvisable to leave child alone in a car, it's also dangerous and neglectful.
Everyone surely knows that it's not only inadvisable to leave a child unattended in a car, it's also dangerous as the temperature inside can be life-threatening, even with the windows open.
Some parents though appear to "know better" as in the case of a German couple over the weekend in the town of Villeneuve-lès-Béziers in the south of France.
They left their three-year-old daughter alone in their vehicle in the car park of a supermarket while they went about shopping.
Other customers noticed her by herself in the four-wheel drive and informed the store's management who made three announcements (two in French and one in German) asking the owners of the vehicle to come to the information desk immediately.
There was no response.
In the meantime the store's deputy director, Vincent Touya, had gone out to the car park to see for himself what state the girl was in, and even though the car windows were open slightly, as he told the regional daily, Midi Libre, he had to take immediate action.
"She seemed to be all right but the car was in full sun and the outside temperature was already 30 degrees," he told the newspaper.
"I put in a call to the emergency services and they told me I had to get her out of the car at once," he continued.
"So I took a hammer and broke the window. She was bright red, sweating heavily and when I took her in my arms her hair was soaked as though she had just taken a shower."
He carried the girl into the store and gave her some water and food.
A happy ending and Touya a hero!
Well that's what you would think.
Somehow the parents weren't of the same opinion.
They were eventually found and according to Touya didn't appear in the least concerned - quite the opposite.
"The mother just continued shopping and filling her trolley," he told Europe 1 radio.
"And the father looked at me as though I were guilty of something."
But it gets worse.
Far from admitting any negligence, the parents insisted that their daughter had been asleep in the car and they hadn't wanted to wake her.
"There wasn't a word of thanks from either of them and the father even said he would file a complaint against me because I had broken the window of his four-wheel drive," said Touya.
"Everyone else in the store was outraged."

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