Child takes wheel after being left alone inside car in Hatfield

Hampshire County

HATFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A child who was left alone in a car jumped into the driver’s seat in Hatfield this week, sending one person to the hospital.

According to Sergeant Clinton Phillips of the Hatfield Police Department, a mother and her eight-year-old child were in a car on Depot Road when she realized she forgot her purse and ran inside with the car still running.

Sgt. Phillips said the eight-year-old then jumped into the driver’s seat after the mother ran inside and hit reverse.

A nearby adult saw what was happening, and tried to stop it. That person suffered an arm injury in the process and was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

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