A North Carolina man was arrested after his three children, including an infant, were rescued from a sweltering minivan in Raleigh on Wednesday.
Temperatures inside 28-year-old Terrance Antonio Ford’s Chevrolet minivan reached at least 100 degrees, according to the arrest warrant.
The high in Raleigh on Wednesday was more than 90 degrees. Passersby saw the children inside the vehicle and called police.
An infant, a 5-year-old and a 6-year-old were removed from the car unharmed.
"They had a baby seat out on the ground, and the first thing that popped in my head, that someone left a kid in a car as hot as it is," witness Maria Greene told WRAL-TV. "Unbelievable somebody would still do that in this day and time.”
Experts say that temperatures inside a car can rise 20 degrees in just 10 minutes, even if the windows are cracked. A doctor told WRAL that children are especially vulnerable in these conditions.
"A kid's body heats up three to five times faster than adults," said emergency physician Dr. Andy Jakubowicz. "So they absorb more heat, they produce more heat and they also don't sweat as efficiently as adults do."
Ford's children are now in the custody of a family member.
Ford was arrested and charged with three counts of misdemeanor child abuse. He was released from jail after posting $2,000 bond.