Surveillance footage was released on Wednesday of a 20-year-old Arizona mother leaving her 2-year-old daughter in a hot car while she went shopping at Walmart (video below).
On a very warm day on July 4, Mikayla Peer left her daughter in the car with the windows up and the engine off in the parking lot of a Surprise, Arizona, Walmart. She was arrested and charged with child abuse and child endangerment following the incident, reports WRIC.
The child was discovered in the vehicle by a passerby who called 911.
"She's sweating a lot," the passerby told the 911 dispatcher.
“The responding officer smashed out the window on the front passenger seat and reached to unlock the door and remove the child,” Surprise Police Sgt. Norman Owens said.
The actions of the responding officers were caught on video by a body camera.
“The hottest spot in that car, with the doors open, was 117 [degrees],” one officer said on the body camera footage. “The average temperature is about 111-113, ok?”
"If you and me were in a car, and you said 'hey, I'm gonna leave my kid in the car,' I'd be like dude, you're stupid,'' the officer added.
Eight minutes after her daughter was removed from the car, Peer can be seen on the surveillance footage returning to the vehicle, reports New York Daily News. Police estimate the child would have been in the car for at least 20 minutes had the passerby not alerted them of the situation.
The child was transported to a local hospital and made a full recovery.