Woman breaks window to rescue toddler locked in hot car in Kansas


A woman in Kansas captured a dramatic rescue on camera after a toddler was left in a locked car on a sweltering day.

Kristy Scales told ABC News it was just after 4 p.m. on Saturday when she had just left a store at a shopping center and saw people running to a car, screaming for help. A baby was locked inside the car alone.

“It was just scary,” she said.

Sarah Oropeza told local station KCTV5 that when she saw the child in the car after running out of the Famous Footwear store she manages, she banged on the window for several minutes with multiple objects before she finally could crack it.

“The windows were totally rolled up, all the doors were locked. She was covered in sweat,” she said, referring to the child inside.

Merriam Police said it was 91 degrees that day with a heat index of 101 degrees. Two adults said they had left the child in the car for only four minutes, a police statement says.

“The child was screaming and extremely sweaty,” the police statement said. “The citizen took action and broke out a window and got the child out. The child was checked out by medical personnel.”

No charges have yet been filed, but the case is under review by the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office, according to ABC News.

Scales recorded the woman as she tried to break the window to get the child out of the car. In the video, you can see the window being struck repeatedly with a hard object as shoppers look on.

Scales said she wanted to help but was in shock.

“I just froze,” she said.

Police said the window eventually broke and the 2-year-old child was freed.

“I was just scared and then the baby comes out and she is soaking in sweat, in boots, in this crazy hot weather,” Scales said.

Scales said she never got a chance to speak to the woman who freed the child, but said everyone on the scene was emotional when the baby came out.

“We were all crying,” she said. “She was crying, the nurse [who took the baby] was crying. Everyone was crying.”

DDR, the company that owns Merriam Town Center, the mall where the incident occurred, referred calls to the Merriam Police Deparment.ABC News contributed to this report.

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