The Drs: Woman Threatened With Arrest For Saving Child
The Doctors shared the story of a woman who was threatened with arrest for trying to save a child from a hot car. A woman in Texas was leaving her local supermarket when she saw a baby left alone in a hot car. She smashed the windshield to save the child, and the security guard at the scene threatened that the woman could be arrested for breaking into the car. The baby was taken to the hospital to be treated for heat exposure.
The woman, Angela, joined The Doctors from Texas via Polycom. The Doctors and their audience applauded Angela for what she did. She said she noticed that the baby was hot and sweaty, so someone handed her a car jack, which she first used to try to bust out a side window, but when she failed, she climbed on the hood of the car and slammed the jack through the windshield.
She said the security guard tried to physically stop her at one point, saying she would get in trouble or go to jail. When the EMS arrived, they also told her she could be arrested for destruction of private property, but once the police got there, they threw that out. Dr Travis Stork said if you see a child in a hot car, you should do whatever it is you need to in order to help that child.
The Drs: Rescuing Babies From Hot Cars
Dr Jim Sears explained that a baby’s body temperature will rise three to five times faster than an adult’s, so just ten minutes in a hot car means the temperature can go up 20 degrees. He also added that 40 kids die each year from being left in a car from heat stroke. Dr Travis Stork said windows being left cracked doesn’t do a whole lot either.
The Doctors shared that the windshield is the hardest window to shatter, so in an ideal world, if you’re shattering one of the windows, choose one of the side windows, and aim for the corner. There’s even a Rescue Me tool that can help shatter the glass, but you should make sure the glass shards don’t go in the direction of the child.
Overall, please do not leave children unattended in cars.