Boy found in auto at Newport was hiding

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Authorities were called to Maddox Road in Newport just after 2.45pm after an "incident" involving a child.

A SCHOOLBOY is fighting for his life in hospital after he was found unconscious in a hot auto in Australia in a near-fatal game of hide and seek.

The eight-year-old boy was meant to be in a grade 3 class at St Margaret Mary's Catholic Primary School in Spotswood in Melbourne's west.

His classmates and teachers are being offered counselling and support.

'She has driven to work and parked her vehicle without knowing he was in there'.

"The boy's mother dropped her children at primary school in the morning, however, didn't realise one of the kids had climbed into the rear of the auto and hid himself", said Victoria Police spokeswoman Leonie Johnson. "Police are treating the incident as an accident".

Executive director Stephen Elder said: "Counselling is being made available to students and staff at St Margaret Mary's Spotswood after an incident yesterday when a member of the school family was found in a car".

Children being picked up from school and day care by their parents were shepherded away from the area by emergency responders.

An eight-year-old boy is fighting for life after being trapped in a vehicle during sweltering temperatures in Melbourne on Monday afternoon.

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Police, paramedics and fire brigade crews had all rushed to the scene, which is close to a primary school and childcare centre.

Local detectives were called in to investigate, assisted by the homicide squad, who were notified in accordance with police protocol.

"It's just a very sad situation, " one said.

The child, whose age and gender is unknown, has been transported to Royal Children's Hospital with critical injuries.

"It can be really inconvenient to get them in and out of baby seats, parents are really busy, but a child left in a auto can easily die".

The boy is now being treated in the Royal Children's Hospital. (9NEWS) A child was rushed to hospital just after 2.45pm.

"I feel sorry for the parents".

'It can be really inconvenient to get them in and out of baby seats, parents are really busy, but a child left in a auto can easily die'. "It can be fatal if you aren't careful".

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