A 4-year-old, stranded in a locked car as the 80-degree weather caused temperatures inside to rise, was forced to think quick to save all seven of them inside.
Police received a 911 call on Friday, May 10, from a 4-year-old, saying they were trapped inside a hot car.
Though the child was unable to tell the dispatcher where they were, authorities traced the call to the St. Charles Towne Center parking lot in Maryland.
#Breaking Charles County Sheriff’s Office says 7 toddlers (ages 2 to 4) were left in a car in the parking lot of St… https://t.co/lgPjNu6N6g— Ryan Sprouse (@Ryan Sprouse) 1557519169.0
Officers arrived at the location shortly thereafter, removing the "sweaty and scared" children from the vehicle.
@HuffPost Seven kids between 2 and 4, and only one car seat in the car. Thank God there was a phone in the car and… https://t.co/aGLqW2cLdf— Mary Beth🍑 (@Mary Beth🍑) 1557807457.0
The Charles County Sheriff's Office issued a statement:
"Officers helped the children out of the vehicle and Charles County Fire and Emergency Medical Services provided treatment on the scene."
@CCSOMD Kids have been hydrated and cared for and Did NOT need transport Mom came out while officers were there and… https://t.co/Cgspuboe74— Ryan Sprouse (@Ryan Sprouse) 1557519510.0
Update: PIO says mom told officers that she had just gone into the mall to use the bathroom Officers found surveill… https://t.co/L8l8m1qn0J— Ryan Sprouse (@Ryan Sprouse) 1557522785.0
10 minutes after the officers arrived, the 37-year-old woman who owned the car and was caring for the children, returned. Authorities report she was a mother to two of the children, and was babysitting the other five, all aged 2-4.
She was arrested on the spot for "illegal confinement in a motor vehicle."
@balleralert sad that this baby has more sense than the parents smh— Tisha Leann (@Tisha Leann) 1557849266.0
The children were inside the locked car, whose windows were up, for at least 20 minutes in 80-degree heat.
Their caretaker claims she went into the store only briefly to use the restroom, but ABC-7 reports that police have obtained footage of the 37-year-old browsing for shoes.
@ABC Come on parents !!! What's so important than your kids to lock them in car!!!! I never understand this !!— Marceline Bitoto (@Marceline Bitoto) 1557843252.0
Twitter was outraged at the children's caretaker for putting them in this situation:
@ABC Brilliant kid they saved their life and the other kids too. Who in the hell leaves a kid or any pets in the ca… https://t.co/MAvSLM0xwx— VERONICA like the Archie comics, my sister's idea! (@VERONICA like the Archie comics, my sister's idea!) 1557800283.0
@ABC 😱😨😵😡😬 jail the parent— Kuualohanani (@Kuualohanani) 1557800012.0
@ABC Child abuse.— Quidnunciac (@Quidnunciac) 1557799997.0
The 4-year-old managed to call police using a cellphone left in the car, and it's a good thing they did for the safety of everyone involved.
@balleralert She’s a very smart little girl..😇— Fiesty (@Fiesty) 1557849479.0
@ABC HERO Indeed! Thank goodness!— Sophia Burke (@Sophia Burke) 1557801417.0