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A photo being circulated around the Internet shows a baby locked inside a car at a New Zealand supermarket parking lot with a note that asks passers-by to call the mother if there is an issue. A witness told reporters, "[The note] was written from the baby's perspective and it said, 'My mum's in doing the shopping, call her if I need anything', and it had the cell phone number." The witness said two other people who saw the note called the mother and waited until she came back. A spokeswoman for the national police said they will not pursue charges since none of the witnesses filed a formal complaint. The spokeswoman said, "We don't know who the people are, we don't know the phone number, we don't know where to start. We would launch an investigation if we could but at this stage no one's come forward." Even if people came forward, a local police rep said the mother will likely not be charged. Senior Sergeant Justin Rakena explained, "[Incidences like this] need to be taken on their merits and often it's a mom that's run into a shop, for example, and is only away for five minutes. Absolutely [it should be reported to police], but it doesn't mean to say we'd prosecute. I would suggest the majority of people in that situation aren't prosecuted."