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Mother of children allegedly left in car by father thanks gas station workers

Police say three children, aged three, five and six, were abandoned in a Hyundai, allegedly by their father.

He was reportedly drunk and went to a pub where he got into an Uber and was arrested on unrelated charges in Slacks Creek.

Three children were allegedly left by their father in this Hyundai for 12 hours. (9News)

“You see it all the time, but you don’t believe it could happen to you,” said the children’s mother, who has not been identified.

The children eventually managed to get out of the car and find a 7-Eleven employee to ask for help.

“Thank you for calling the police. Thank you for giving them something to eat and drink and letting them use the bathroom,” the mother added.

Their mother thanked the 7-Eleven employees who called the police and gave her children food. (9News)

Their discovery ended a large-scale Amber Alert search involving emergency services, family and members of the public desperate to help.

“Thank you. Thank you so much. We really appreciate it,” Mom said.

The father’s case was dealt with in Beenleigh District Court today.

The father appeared in court but was refused bail. (9News)

Prosecutors revealed the 27-year-old was already on bail at the time of the alleged offence. His bail application was rejected,

“It is not yet clear what really happened and he is still considered innocent of the charges,” his lawyer told the court.

Three children are recovering at home under the care of their mother.

“Physically they are fine, I think mentally it will take them some time, but they are doing well and we are trying to get them the help they need now,” she said.