Child in critical condition after being found 'unresponsive' in hot auto

Child in critical condition after being found 'unresponsive' in hot auto

It was approximately 32C in Melbourne yesterday, and the temperature inside a hot auto is nearly double that of outside.

A resident allegedly saw the boy, who is believed to attend a local school, convulsing in the back seat of the vehicle and used an umbrella to shield him from the sun as emergency services frantically worked to free him.

Unaware her son was in the auto, the woman continued on for 10 minutes to her workplace at another school in nearby Newport, at Maddox Road.

Victoria Police said the mother had dropped her children at a western suburbs primary school in the morning.

While the day started as normal for the family, the boy never made it to school.

It is unclear at this time how the boy came to be in the auto however the incident is not believed to be suspicious at this time.

He was treated for critical injuries and was transported into the Royal Children's Hospital where he remains in a critical condition Tuesday evening.

Catholic Education Melbourne executive director Stephen Elder said support was being offered to students and staff at the boy's school.

The boy was rushed to hospital wheere he remains in a serious condition.

Police and ambulance also responded to the scene. Police have blocked off Maddox Road as they investigate.

Nearby residents told the Herald Sun they did not recognise the Kia.

"I can't imagine what the parents would be going through".

Police said it was protocol to notify homicide squad detectives about the incident but it is not believed to be suspicious.

An ambulance at the scene where a boy was found in a vehicle.

"She has driven to work and parked her vehicle without knowing he was in there". "It can be fatal if you aren't careful".

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