A tragedy was averted after police on Wednesday rescued a toddler from a locked car where he had been left for an hour by his parents.

A woman noticed the two-year-old in the vehicle parked in the northern town of Ma’alot and alerted the police. Officers smashed the windshield of the car to free the boy, who was unharmed.

The child’s father was detained for several hours by police for questioning. The man, in his 20s, told investigators that he thought his wife had taken their son with her.

Two months ago, an 18-month old baby died after being left in a car in Beit Hagai.

Last summer three children died in separate incidents after being forgotten in hot vehicles by their parents.