A little boy is lucky to be alive after his mother left him in a sweltering car to do some shopping.
The two year-old was spotted in the car park of the Fallas Shopping Centre in San Jose. The emergency services raced to the scene and firefighters were able to pop the lock and rescue the tot.
The little lad was pulled from the car soaked with sweat and sobbing. He was quickly stripped down to aid cooling and rushed to an ambulance that was waiting.
It is thought that the toddler’s mother could face charges of child neglect; even though she only left him for between 5 and 10 minutes to “run an errand,” it was long enough for the car’s temperature to rocket. The temperature at the shopping centre on the hot Monday afternoon was 92 degrees and a car’s temperature, when left in the sun with the windows up can increase by 19 degrees in just ten minutes. 26 children across the US have died in hot cars in 2014 alone.
A local police officer, Albert Morales, told reporters: “Obviously, whatever the mother explained to the officers there at the scene and to the detective, all that’s going to play into what the DA decides to do with this case.”