A 4-year-old boy saved his own life and that of six other children when he called 911 because his mother had left him in a sweltering car while she visited a shopping mall in St. Charles, Maryland. The mom, 37, left the boy and his six siblings, all between the ages of 2 and 4, in the car alone in the heat and while the doors were unlocked, the windows were rolled up and she instructed the children not to leave the vehicle. The children were in the car for more than 20 minutes with temperatures outside being in the 80s.
- The 4-year-old used a phone left in the car to call 911. Thankfully, officers immediately came out to save them, releasing the kids from the vehicle and finding them safe but “scared” and “sweaty.”
- What the mom did wasn’t just dangerous, it was illegal. The Charles County Sheriff’s Office pointed out that it’s not just unadvisable to leave kids unattended in cars in hot weather, it’ll get you sent to jail. “It is against the law to leave a child under the age of 8 unattended inside a motor vehicle if the caregiver is out of sight of the child unless a reliable person at least 13-years-old remains with the child,” they said in a statement.
- The mother arrived back at the car roughly 10 minutes after police. She was arrested and faces a charge of confinement of children inside a motor vehicle.
- While this may not seem like a big deal, it really is. Consumer Reports reveals that even when it doesn’t feel like it’s that hot outside, the temperatures inside closed vehicles can skyrocket in no time. On a 61-degree day, the interior of a car can get to more than 100 degrees in just an hour. “Temperatures that might seem comfortable for adults can quickly become dangerous for children,” Orly Avitzur, MD, told the publication.