A video of a Canadian police officer scolding a woman for leaving her two young children inside of a hot car for 20 minutes is going viral (video below).
Authorities arrived to the parking lot of a local Vancouver grocery store on July 3 after receiving a 911 phone call about children being locked in a vehicle with the windows up, the Vancouver Sun reported.
The mother left the children in the car for about 20 minutes to go grocery shopping. When she returned to her vehicle, she was approached by the outraged officer.
“Do you understand what you’ve done? Your children could have died,” the officer is heard saying in the now viral video, which was recorded by a bystander.
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When the woman attempts to speak, the officer quickly interrupts her.
“No, you don’t seem to understand the danger you’ve put these children into. Listen to me. You’re talking when you should be listening. Your children could have died," the officer screams at the woman. "The windows were up, it’s hot out.
“Why are you arguing? Do you want me to seize your kids and you’ll never see them again?”
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No criminal charges were filed against the woman, but the incident was reported to Canadian child services, according to reports.
Several social media users were outraged by the video.
"Stop this madness, we need breeding restrictions," wrote one YouTube user.
"Proud of police officer," wrote another.
"Should have arrested her," another commenter added.
Vancouver police chief Adam Palmer commended about the officer involved in the incident, saying he is a “highly respected member of the police department” and a “hard-working, dedicated officer.”
“I know that he has children of his own and you have to remember that police officers are just people,” Palmer said, adding that the children in the vehicle were aged 6 and 3 years old. “We’re all human beings and everyone may react slightly differently to every set of circumstances and he was trying to convey to the woman the seriousness of what she’d done to the children.”
Temperatures in Vancouver were at about 68 degrees Fahrenheit on the day of the incident. However, the inside of a previously air conditioned car can reach up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit in 20 minutes sitting under the sun, according to the Daily Mail.
About 719 children have died in the United States from heat strokes caused by being left in a hot car, according to NoHeatStroke.org. There have been 19 reported cases in 2017 already.