Sharjah: Parents of missing child face charges

Child found in ‘stolen car’ was where couple had left, with its engine running

A vehicle reported missing in Sharjah
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A forensics official inspects a vehicle left in the Al Qassimiyah area of Sharjah where police found a child reported missing.
16 Gulf News

Sharjah: A three-year-old boy’s parents who created panic in the community when they said their car had been stolen with the toddler in it have been charged with neglect. The car was never stolen. The parents had forgotten where they had parked it after leaving it with the engine running.

A search lasting nearly three hours followed after the father reported the incident. Brigadier Abdullah Mubarak Al Dukan, deputy commander in chief of Sharjah Police, gave instructions for 50 police patrols to be deployed. By 8pm, Sharjah Police had posted pleas on their Twitter and Facebook pages, urging people to help find the vehicle. They said the child’s parents were distressed and believed their child had been snatched.

Police found the car parked where the father had left it in a parking lot in Al Qassimiyah when the couple went to look for an apartment. The child had been left in the back seat of their white Toyota Fortuner, which they left unlocked with the engine running. He was crying and scared when he was found.

Colonel Sultan Al Khayal, head of the media and public relations department at Sharjah Police, said the police have transferred the parents to Al Gharb Police Station.

“When police found the child, police ambulance staff examined his condition and health at the site,” Al Khayal said.

The couple have been referred to the public prosecution.

The Sharjah Police extended appreciation to Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Sharjah Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, for their guidance following the incident.

“Their guidance gave direct support to the security agencies and the public,” Colonel Al Khayal said. “We also thank all community members, the mass media and all those who helped the police in their search.”

He urged community members not to leave their vehicles parked with the engine running.

Colonel Al Khayal pointed out that the police have zero tolerance against such types of incidents.

He urged motorists to comply with the traffic laws and instructions issued by departments.


  • Ebrahim

    Jun 26, 2013 7:13

    Full credit and appreciation to Sharjah authorities for their efforts in finding the car that was never stolen. The parents should be heavily penalized i.e. financial as well asked to do social service work.

  • sohail

    Jun 26, 2013 5:50

    This is just non-sense and Sharjah authorities should be appreciated.

  • Smita Simon

    Jun 26, 2013 5:45

    Traffic fines should be levied on parents for leaving their children unattended. Citizens must be alerted that any kids found in car unattended should be reported to the authorities directly on the spot and necessary action taken.

  • Aleema Misbah

    Jun 26, 2013 5:06

    One second is all it takes for something horrific to happen. leaving kids in the car just because they don't want to go through the hassle of taking them in and out is lazy patenting and parental negligence at its worst! Some countries have put up tough measures for leaving childrenbelow 12 unattended at home, outside or in cars; and could lead to temporarily depriving parents of their parental rights until the parents prove they can care for their child properly. Lets consider this an eye-opener and report to authorities any such atrocious acts.

  • Abdul Razak VT

    Jun 26, 2013 4:53

    The parents involved in this incident should be punished as an example to the public. Because he forgotn where his car parked with his own kid! Amazing and unbelievable parents. Security guards in the parking will be given to check the vehicle at the time of parking to ensure that the engine is fully stopped and no one left in car.

  • Haneef Puttur

    Jun 26, 2013 4:49

    Authorities must take stringent action against this couple for their negligence and for misusing public services and creating chaos in the community. This is the only way people will be more alert and take care of their kids!

  • Suleman

    Jun 26, 2013 4:46

    very careless parents.

  • mohammad khalil

    Jun 26, 2013 3:09

    great appreciation for authorities who heard the story and found a solution. Authorities should help in this way as this is their moral duty. parents should not repeat this because any mishap can take place, be careful

  • Nadine

    Jun 26, 2013 2:24

    How could these parents keep their children unattended? Given the fact that they were putting their child's life at risk it is obviously negligence.

  • Simi

    Jun 26, 2013 2:21

    come on guys, how can you forget where you parked your car and your own child? It's right that the parents be punished for their negligence

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Full credit and appreciation to Sharjah authorities for their efforts in finding the car that was never stolen. The parents should be heavily penalized i.e. financial as well asked to do social service work.


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