​Shoppers Window Hot Car: Bystanders Come Forward About Incident

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July 17, 2021

Shoppers window hot car - Last week, several pedestrians broke out a window of a hot car to save a small boy and a girl. However, there’s more to the story after authorities watched a surveillance video. In addition, several bystanders have come forward to say the mother did not intentionally lock her children in the vehicle.

The video shows the mother bringing the kids into a store with her to run an errand and, as she was putting them back into the car, accidentally locked them inside with the keys. Surveillance footage captured prior to the incident appears to show the mother entering the store with both children. Shoppers were frightened because temperatures hovered above 90 degrees in Katy, Texas.

After several minutes, the kids were freed, USA Today reports. “The children’s mother apparently said she had left them there so that she could get a haircut,” the site said. No one called the police, and some of the witnesses say the mother pleaded with everyone and said she had made a terrible mistake.

At first glance, no one at a local strip mall knew exactly what was going on when they saw the children sitting inside a hot jeep in the parking lot. The two kids were sitting in the vehicle, and shoppers believed they had to act fast. That’s when the window was broken and the small boy and girl were freed from the vehicle.

“Even a dog can die, so imagine a person,” Gabriel Del Valle, who shot footage of the incident, told KHOU in the segment above.

Del Valle had heard the kids “crying out in desperation,” according to KHOU. The station added that the mother explained to Del Valle that she left her children in the car so she could get a haircut, and asked bystanders not to involve the police. Since then, KHOU’s website and Facebook page are calling for the woman’s arrest.

The danger of children overheating in cars has become a popular issue of late. Last week to raise awareness, North Carolina dad Terry Williams locked himself inside a car in sweltering conditions and let the camera roll. The clip of him sweating through the ordeal as he warned of the life-and-death consequences became a social media hit.

The shoppers broke the window because they saw two children left alone in a hot car. Most people believe it was necessary, since temperatures in Texas were reaching 100 degrees. According to KidsandCars.org, 38 children are lost annually to heat-related deaths from being left in hot vehicles.