Childminder leaves tot in car whilst food shopping


A 2 year old girl was left in a car in Tesco car park by her childminder as she did her shopping. The tot was left for 30 minutes whilst her 69-year-old childminder was walking through the supermarket.  Alerted staff at the store then repeatedly  made calls over the  PA for the owner of the vehicle to come forward.

On her return to the car, the childminder was arrested on suspicion of neglect after witnesses had alerted the police and remained by the car until the driver returned.

One witness said:

“The child was in the car on her own while the childminder did her shopping. The child was only two.”

“All the public were there. They noticed the child in the car on its own. The child’s minder took her elderly mother to the shops. They kept announcing the registration number for at least 30 minutes.”

“It was unbelievable. You wouldn’t leave your dog on its own in the car park, let alone a baby.”

“There were two police cars there and the baby has had to go into the police’s protection until the parents come.”

“That woman should never be allowed to look after another child. As a mum myself, imagine if that was your kid.”

“You trust these people.”

“I just thought ‘oh my goodness somebody has parked in the wrong place’ but it was some little girl left in a car.”

She added that during the ordeal the young tot was ‘absolutely screaming’.


Police involvement

Sutton police were alerted at 11.13am with a spokesman saying:

“Enquiries led police to believe that the child may have been left alone for at least 30 minutes.”

“A woman, aged 69, has been arrested on suspicion of neglect.”

“The child, a girl aged about two, is being looked after at Sutton police station.”

After the incident it is said the child was quite calm and none the worse for her experience, ‘currently sitting on an officer’s lap munching contentedly on a biscuit’.


How can an incident like this affect the trust you have in future carers of your child? 


5 thoughts on “Childminder leaves tot in car whilst food shopping

  • October 20, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Several points spring to mind:
    1. How is Parenta (‘Helping those who care for childen’), helping childminders? As others have asked – was this a registered childminder? Could Parenta please ascertain this before writing a piece, which would, and rightly so, look negatively at childminding, Indeed, if not registered, needed to be stated. We are and should be as professional as anyone else working with children. Articles such as this do not help!
    2.We did used to leave children outside in prams. We also used to put butter on burns. Would we do it now? No. We have
    moved on. It is I believe not a criminal offence to leave a child – only if the child gets hurt. Hence no charges.
    As a childminder, indeed as a grandmother, I would not leave a child in a car. Children’s parking spaces are there to make it easier to get children in and out of cars. Let’s all take the safer option and keep our children as safe as possible, whether a childminder or not.

  • October 7, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Who says that it was a childminder?

  • October 6, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    stupid, we used to leave our babies in a pram outside the shop……..why mention the ladies age the implication is she was a little bit doo lally because of that…I am gobsmacked that leaving a toddler in a car is considered criminal …the child was probably screaming at all the strangers looking in at her…as the article says..child was unharmed and fine afterwards.

  • October 6, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Was this woman an ofsted registered childminder

  • October 6, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    As a childminder myself I am absolutely shocked and appauled that this 2 year old was left in a car for 30 minutes while the minder did her shopping. I hope this minder has had her registration taken away, is prosecuted and never works with children again. I dread to think of the numerous things that could’ve happened to this little girl while left abandoned in a car by herself – it’s sickening – especially in today’s world. Good job really that there was a concerned bystander worried enough about this child to get help and alert the authorities or the minder could of carried on doing this with much a much more severe outcome for the child concerned.


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