Nightmare as tot locked in car
IT is a moment all parents dread.
And it's one Jenny Paull hopes she will never have to relive.
After finishing a demanding 12-hour shift caring for her disabled patients, Jenny picked up her 17-month-old granddaughter Izzabelle from a friend's house last Monday morning.
Izzabelle cooed and giggled as her doting grandmother securely strapped her into the baby seat in the back of her maroon Suzuki Vitara to take her to her home.
And the tired grandmother sighed with relief as she pulled into the driveway of her West Rockhampton home and turned off the ignition in her car.
Jenny stepped out and walked to the other passenger door to take Izzabelle out, but realized something was dreadfully wrong – the door to her car wouldn't open and she had locked the keys inside.
“As soon as I went around to her door I thought, ‘On no',” Jenny said.
“It was so hard watching the sweat beads on her head and not being able to do anything. I thought I had parked in the shade, but half the car was in the sun.”
Jenny tore inside her home and immediately called RACQ.
“The woman was so helpful, she said she'd tell someone to drop everything and get there straight away,” Jenny said.
As reassuring as the RACQ officer was, she couldn't wipe the tears from Izzabelle's face while the toddler helplessly reached for Jenny behind the closed window.
But Jenny said Izzabelle's five-year-old cousin was able to calm her down. “Her cousin helped her through it, she made faces and that distracted her,” Jenny said.
Fortunately Izzabelle's cousin didn't have to keep up her comedy routine for long, with an RACQ worker turning up only three minutes after Jenny's triple-zero call.
“It was like the guy was right around the corner, he was so fast, and it took him about 10 seconds to get into my car,” she said.
“My granddaughter was fine and I was so relieved.”