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The RACV has launched the Check Keys, Check Kids campaign,

offering free lanyards in a bid to help avoid accidentally locking kids and keys together in hot cars. 

The lanyards are available at childcare centres, maternal and child health centres and kindergartens.


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"Though the temperature outside was 27C, tests found Thy's body temperature was 41.5C."




Mother jailed over baby daughter's death in car on hot day

Michelle Nguyen
Michelle Nguyen, left, after an earlier court appearance. Source: Herald Sun
A WOMAN whose 10-month-old daughter died after she was left in a hot car broke down yesterday as her plea to be spared jail failed.
Michelle Nguyen, 21, had to be helped to walk from the courtroom to the Supreme Court holding cells after being remanded.
Nguyen pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Thy Tran, who died in November 2011 after being left in a car in a Glenroy driveway.
Nguyen had regularly been warned of the risks of leaving Thy in the car. Though the temperature outside was 27C, tests found Thy's body temperature was 41.5C.
Saul Holt, for Nguyen, who has spent four days on remand, argued she should be freed on a community corrections order, with strict conditions including community work, curfews and tough reporting requirements.
Crown prosecutor Mark Rochford, SC, opposed the idea, saying the matter was "simply too serious" for a non-custodial sentence.
After adjourning the case for several hours, Justice Betty King agreed, saying the seriousness of the offence "absolutely warrants a sentence of imprisonment".
Mr Holt had argued that Nguyen had had a tough upbringing, surrounded by drug users and traffickers, which led to a heroin addiction.
He said Nguyen had been a good mother who had made "the mistake she will regret for the rest of her life".
But Justice King expressed concern that Nguyen had been warned not to leave her baby in the car.
"She had been warned on numerous occasions," the judge said.
"Her stepfather had told her people die. Other people had said 'Don't forget the child'. How much more (did) she need to be told?
"She knew it was wrong."
The court heard Nguyen had fallen into the habit of leaving Thy in the car in an effort to help her fall asleep.
On the day her daughter died, Nguyen had taken her two children for a drive to try to get them to fall asleep.
On her return home, she removed her older child.
She checked the sleeping Thy after about 15 minutes, then went inside, intending to return 15 minutes later.
But she fell asleep watching TV. She woke in a panic, and found Thy unresponsive.

Nguyen will be sentenced on February 12.
shannon.deery@news.com.au


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Mother jailed over baby daughter's death 

in car on hot day


Michelle Nguyen
Michelle Nguyen, left, after an earlier court appearance.
A WOMAN who killed her 10-month-old daughter by leaving her in a hot car 
as temperatures soared has been held in jail awaiting sentencing.

Michelle Nguyen, 21, was charged with the manslaughter of baby Thy Tran, 
who was left a car in a Glenroy driveway and died in November 2011.
Saul Holt, for Nguyen, today told Supreme Court Justice Betty King
had already spent four days in prison and should not return there.
Instead, Mr Holt urged Justice King to consider placing Nguyen, who pleaded guilty,
on a community corrections order with strict conditions.
The submission was rejected by Justice King who,
after considering her decision for several hours,
said a non-custodial sentence was simply not viable.
“I have come to the firm view a community corrections order
is not a viable alternative,” she said.
Nguyen broke down as she was told she was being remanded in custody.
She was later helped from the courtroom to court holding cells by three prison guards.
Mr Holt had argued any non-custodial sentence
could be the subject of strict conditions including community work,
curfews and tough reporting conditions.
The submission was opposed by Crown prosecutor Mark Rochford, SC,
who said the matter was “simply too serious”.
Justice King told the court that because of the seriousness of the offence
it “absolutely warrants a sentence of imprisonment”.
She also raised concerns that Nguyen had been warned on several occasions
not to leave her baby alone in the car.
The court heard Nguyen had fallen into the habit of regularly leaving
Thy in the car in an effort to help her fall asleep.
But it was alleged she had been regularly warned against the practice
by concerned family and friends.
On one occasion Nguyen’s stepfather had warned her that babies could die
if left in hot cars unattended, but she continued to leave Thy alone in her car, the court heard.
The final warning was delivered on the day the infant died
after she was rescued by a concerned neighbour, it was alleged.
“She had been warned on numerous occasions.
Her stepfather had told her people die,” Justice King said.
“Other people had said, 'Don’t forget the child.'
“How much more (did) she need to be told? She knew it was wrong.”
On that day, Nguyen took her two children for a drive
 to try to get them to fall asleep and, upon her return home,
removed her older child from the vehicle, leaving the sleeping Thy.
Nguyen checked Thy after about 15 minutes and then went inside,
intending to return 15 minutes later, but she fell asleep watching television.
She later woke in a panic and ran out to find Thy unresponsive.
Paramedics could not revive the baby, whose temperature was found to be 41.5C.
Mr Holt said despite the tragedy Nguyen was a good mother
who had made the “mistake she will regret for the rest of her life”.
Nguyen was remanded until February 12, when she will be sentenced.

Shannon.deery@news.com.au


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