Fairfield Police Department Reminds Drivers to Never Leave Children in Cars Unattended

FAIRFIELD — Chief Robert Kalamaras and the Fairfield Police Department would like to remind residents to never leave children in cars unattended.

Leaving children in cars for a prolonged period of time during extreme conditions, including extremely high and low temperatures, can be deadly. 

In Connecticut, it’s a crime for any parent, guardian or person having custody or control, or providing supervision, of any child under the age of 12 years to knowingly leave the child unsupervised in a place of public accommodation or a motor vehicle for a period of time that presents a substantial risk to the child’s health or safety. (Sec. 53-21a.) Felony charges can also be filed against those found to have knowingly left a child unsupervised inside a car between the hours of  8 p.m. and 6 a.m.

The Fairfield Police Department reminds residents to always check to make sure no one is left inside a vehicle and to never leave children under the age of 12 in cars without supervision, even if it’s just a few minutes.

“The practice of leaving children unattended in cars is extremely dangerous as it could potentially pose a substantial risk to the child’s health and safety,” Chief Kalamaras said. “Regardless of how quickly a guardian may return to the car, children under the age of 12 should never be left alone inside vehicles, especially at night.”