A photo taken of a baby left in a car outside of a New Zealand super market has sparked outrage since being posted online.
The photo shows a newborn baby wrapped in a blanket sitting in a car seat, with a note on the blanket with a number to call if there are any issues.
A man told the New Zealand Herald that he saw the baby and the note when he parked next to it.
“It was written from the baby’s perspective, and it said, ‘My mum’s in doing the shopping, call her if I need anything,’ and a cell phone number was listed,” he explained.
“We waited there for a bit, wondering if the mum was just going to be two seconds and come back,” he continued. “And my wife said, ‘I’m not going in without someone being here with the baby.’”
Polly Gillespie, a radio personality, posted the picture on her Facebook page and quickly caught the attention of the online community.
There were more than 1100 comments on the post, many of which expressed anger and some expressing sympathy.
It is illegal for a parent or guardian to leave a child under the age of 14 alone for an unreasonable time or in unreasonable conditions, and doing so could result in a fine of up to $2,000.