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10th Aug 2015

French Family Drive 150km After “Forgetting” 3-Year-Old in Motorway Layby

The family only realised what happened when they heard an alert on the radio.

Rebecca McKnight

A French couple were questioned by police last night after they left their three-year-old at a motorway rest stop, driving 150km before they noticed she was missing. 

The family were en route to the French Riviera for a summer break.

Officers said the parents only noticed that the child was missing when they heard an alert on the radio. They had since driven 93 miles from the rest stop.

The young girl was found by other travellers at the layby just off the Autoroute du Soleil on Sunday afternoon. She told those present that she was “going to the seaside” and that she had a brother and sister, but she saw “Daddy’s car pull away”.

Motorists drive in traffic on the A7 motorway near the toll station of Vienne, southeastern France, on  one of the busiest weekends of the French summer holidays.

Some 45 minutes after the child was found, her parents heard a radio alert and realised what had happened.

A representative from the station where the parents were questioned said: “We are going to listen to what they have to say and talk to the prosecutor at Valence to see if this should be taken further.”