On July 18, concerned passersby in Merriam, Kansas, leaped into action when they saw a 2-year-old girl locked in a car in the parking lot of a strip mall.
Bystanders freed the girl by throwing a truck hitch at a window and now a 24-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man have been charged with aggravated child endangerment for allegedly leaving their niece in the car.
Siblings Mylesha and Marques Anderson were charged on July 22 and are each being held on a $25,000 bail, WDAF reported. The Andersons allegedly told investigators “they forgot” their niece was sleeping in the car. According to The Kansas City Star, police said the temperature at the time was 91 degrees.
At the time of the incident, Sarah Oropeza, a local store manager who helped with the rescue effort, told KCTV the Andersons seemed untroubled by their niece being in danger.
"No emotion at all, whatsoever," Oropeza said of the pair. "The only question they had for police was if insurance was going to pay to cover the window that we broke.”
Anderson family members told reporters the whole incident was simply a mistake.