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Updated: Thu, 03 Jul 2014 11:22:13 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Quebec woman fined $60 for leaving 2 children in hot van



A police officer convinced the children to unlock the door to let them out of the hot vehicle. Facebook

A police officer convinced the children to unlock the door to let them out of the hot vehicle. Facebook

A woman in St-Jérôme, Que., was given a $60 fine for leaving her two young children in the back of her minivan on a day when the temperature felt like 37 C with the humidity.

Two Maxi grocery store employees spotted the children — aged four and nine — alone in a vehicle in the store’s parking lot on Tuesday.

The employees called police, who upon arrival were successful in convincing the older child to unlock the door to let them out. The children were drenched with sweat.

The window had been left open a few centimetres.

Police officers went inside the store and found the mother, a 40-year-old woman, and explained to her the dangers of leaving her children alone in a hot car. They then gave her a $60 fine plus $35 in fees — the maximum fine allowed under the law, police said.

Youth protection services was also notified.

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