Regina police rescued two young children after they were left inside a sweltering car in a mall parking lot.

A passerby noticed a baby and a five-year-old in an unlocked car in the Golden Mile Shopping Centre parking lot at around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

The vehicle wasn’t running and the two young children were showing signs of heat distress when police responded and rescued them.

Witnesses say they were in the hot vehicle for at least a half hour. According to Environment Canada, the temperature in Regina was 31C at the time, but with the humidity it felt like 32C.

“It’s inexcusable,” said Candace Curle, the witness who placed the 911 call.

“I have four little kids; I know what it’s like to not want to drag them in. But on a hot day like today, you don’t have another choice.”

Police say no charges have been laid. The parent was located in the mall and let off with a warning.