(VVNG.com)- On July 5th, at approximately 5:52 p.m. there was a report of a 10-month-old child locked inside a vehicle in the parking lot of a Circle K at the Kramer Junction area near the intersection of Highway 395 and Highway 58. Temperatures at that time of day were close to 100 degrees.
According to scanner traffic, the baby was inside the locked vehicle for approximately 10 minutes when bystanders at the scene decided to break the window to free the child. An unidentified source who was at the scene states, “the child was not left unattended, the parent was standing in front of the car. A second adult sitting in the passenger side got out to use the restroom and accidentally locked the door as she got out. Parent watched as this happened and immediately called 911. After being told how long it would take to get units to the location, parent asked bystanders to find something to break the window”. Child was never in danger and still wanted child to be checked by paramedics.
The baby was uninjured due to the quick action of those at the scene.
An ambulance arrived a short time later to check and clear the baby before allowing the mother to be on her way. The incident was determined to be an accident and the mother was not charged. Accidents can easily happen and even the best parents can forget a child in the back seat. Here are some important things to remember.
- If you see a young child locked in a parked car for more than 5 minutes:
- First make sure the child is okay and responsive. If not, call 911 immediately.
- If the child appears okay, you should attempt to locate the parents; or have the facility’s security or management page the car owner over the PA system.
- If there is someone with you, one person should actively search for the parent while the other waits at the car.
- If the child is not responsive and appears in great distress, attempt to get into the car to assist the child, even if that means breaking a window.
- If the child is in distress due to heat, get the child out of the car as quickly as possible. Cool the child rapidly (not in an ice bath) by spraying the child with cool water.
- In 10 minutes, a car can heat up 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cracking a window does little to keep the car cool.
- With temperatures in the 60s, your car can heat up to well above 110 degrees.
- A child’s body temperature can rise up to five times faster than an adult’s.
- Heatstroke can happen when the temperature is as low as 57 degrees outside!
- A child dies when his/her temperature reaches 107.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO ACT – States have “Good Samaritan” laws that protect people from lawsuits for getting involved while helping a person in an emergency.