A Child Protective Services worker made a terrible mistake and reportedly left a toddler locked in a car in extremely hot weather.
According to KRISTV, the employee placed the child in the car and accidentally dropped the car keys inside before closing the door. Upon realizing what happened, the employee immediately ran into the Texas Department of Family Services building and grabbed a police detective who was working there.
The officer came out to the car, broke the window, and pulled the child out.
The incident occurred in Corpus Christi, Texas, where the temperature was 95 degrees at the time.
Paramedics treated the boy who allegedly had a temperature of nearly 100 degrees. He was placed in an air conditioned room and given water.
"The child is fine," said Capt. Jeff Durrwachter of the Corpus Christi Fire Department, KRISTV notes. "We turned him back over. As soon as we arrived, we were able to cool him down. He responded just fine. He was drinking water out of a bottle and he was doing great."
According to noheatstroke.org, the total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths involving children left in cars in 2016 is 16 so far. In 2015, the total number was 24. That is two children per month who die from being left in a hot vehicle.
"Within a short period of time, a locked vehicle can easily get over 100 degrees and children unfortunately are not made to deal with the environment as much as an adult is," Durrwachter said, KRISTV reports. "So, they can overheat very quickly. We were told that it was about five minutes that this child was in the vehicle. Even in five minutes, his temperature was getting close to 100 degrees internally. So, you just have to be very, very careful anytime you go anywhere and not accidentally lock a child in a car."
The boy was reportedly returned to the custody of CPS after being treated. No word yet on whether the CPS employee will be reprimanded.