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By Mahenau Leghari
A woman from Maryland was apprehended when officers responded to a 911 call made by a 4-year-old child who was trapped inside a hot car, along with six other children, with the youngest child being only 2 years old.
The average temperature in May in Maryland is around 26° C (around 78.8° F), meaning that it may get up to around 50° C (122° F) in a vehicle, which may be fatal for adults, especially children.
The oldest child, who was 4 years old, called the police and reported the situation, in which they were left alone and unaware of their location.
The police found the car “through GPS and other mechanisms,” and “the call-taker was able to pinpoint the location of the vehicle,” according to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office.
Once the officers arrived, they found the car turned off with all the windows rolled up. The Charles County Fire/EMS treated the children and a CNN affiliate described them as “scared” and “sweaty.” It was also reported that there was only one car seat inside the car.
The woman who had left the children inside the car was the mother of two of them, and was babysitting the others, according to the sheriff’s office. She came back to the vehicle around ten minutes after the police arrived at the scene, and it was determined that she had been shopping inside the St. Charles Towne Center for around 20 minutes.
She was then charged with the confinement of children inside a motor vehicle and additional charges are pending, the sheriff’s office said.
The sheriff’s office also said: “As a reminder, it is against the law to leave a child under the age of eight unattended inside a motor vehicle if the caregiver is out of sight of the child unless a reliable person at least 13-year-old remains with the child. It is also dangerous to leave anyone, including pets, inside a motor vehicle especially as outside temperatures become warmer. The temperature inside a parked car can quickly rise to extremely high and even fatal levels in a short period of time.”