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Man forgets granddaughter in car trunk

April 10, 2012 at 2:14 PM

DUSSELDORF, Germany, April 10 (UPI) -- German police said a 72-year-old man who allowed his 9-year-old granddaughter to ride in the trunk of his car forgot she was there and went for a walk.

The man told police his granddaughter had asked to ride in the trunk of his car on the way to Sorpe Lake in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and when he arrived at the lake he was so distracted by the scenery that he forgot she was in the vehicle and went for a walk, The Local reported Tuesday.

A police spokesman said passersby heard the girl pounding and calling for help from inside the trunk and summoned officers, who were able to open the trunk with the help of firefighters.

The spokesman said the grandfather was "visibly affected by the whole situation" when he returned to the car and realized what had happened. The man was given a warning and promised not to let anyone ride in his trunk in the future.

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