Toddler found alone in car as parents shopped

A two-year-old boy was left alone in a warm car in a parking place in Örebro, central Sweden, with police forced to smash a window to get to the child.

After police officers smashed through one of the car’s windows, they found the boy in an exhausted state but still conscious. The child was rushed to hospital.

At the time of the incident, 6.30pm on Friday, the temperature was 27C in the shade.

“When the police came, they said the windows were all the way up and that the child was sweaty, warm, and didn’t seem to respond to them,” Mats Nylén of the Örebro police told the TT news agency.

Emergency staff at the hospital said that the boy’s condition was “not critical” and that he got back to his senses after drinking some water.

The parents, who were shopping in a nearby store at the time, have both been reported for putting the child in danger, and social authorities have also been called in.

The incident is not the first of its kind in Sweden recently, with a man in Eslöv forgetting his son in a car in May. The child was found dead eight hours later.

The man was given a suspended sentence for manslaughter, avoiding both a fine and imprisonment, with the chief prosecutor saying afterward that the suspended sentence served “as a warning”.

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Who’s behind Lund’s spate of car burnings?

The university town of Lund has seen a spate of car burnings over the last ten days, and police are stumped as to the possible motive.

Who's behind Lund's spate of car burnings?
A burned out car in Lund. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
Patrik Isacsson, the local police chief, said that his city was home to few of the angry, marginalized youths associated with past spates of car burnings in troubled districts like Husby and Rinkeby in Stockholm. 
“We have none of that sort of social unrest,” he told the Sydsvenskan newspaper. “The police have not antagonized any young guys who might want to then take revenge.” 
Lund has seen eight cars set on fire in the past ten days, with the most recent, an attack on a parked taxi on Norrängavägen in the east of the city, taking place early on Monday morning. 
Cars have been set alight across the city, often in locations close to the city centre. 
Isacsson said that the police were struggling to get a lead as none of the owners of the burned cars appeared to have any relation with one another. 
“We just don't know,” he admitted. 
“We are looking at youths in gangs, we're looking at pyromaniacs, we're checking out the people who like to stand and watch when they're burning, and we're looking at people who are mentally unwell and who want to get their frustration out through lighting fires.”
It was also possible that the burnings were part of an insurance fraud, Isacsson said, although he admitted this looked unlikely given the apparent lack of connection between the victims.