Police almost had to rescue a 1-year-old girl after bystanders noticed she was locked inside a sweltering car at a Fred Meyer store in Longview, Washington.
Around 5:30 p.m., police were called to the parking lot, but before they broke into the car, the infant’s mother, Amanda Landis, arrived to unlock the vehicle. The incident was caught on video (below) by Lindsey Aheren, a mother who noticed that the baby was alone.
"I said is there seriously a baby in the car? And you could see its little arms flailing. And they were trying to pry the door open. Then I started videoing," Aheren told WMAZ.
She added that she doesn’t believe Landis simply forgot her daughter in the car, which was about 103-degrees inside, KPTV reported.
"Its arms were flailing. I couldn't hear a cry but I could see its little arms flailing, because the car seat was reversed, was backwards facing and you could just see its arms," Aheren said. "They were going to get in that car regardless, or I was going to get in the car.”
Det. Troy Shelton with the Longview Police Department told KOIN that surveillance tapes revealed the infant had been inside the hot car for about 45 minutes. Landis claimed she was tired and forgot her daughter was in the car.
Though the baby was unharmed and is now in the custody of other family members, Landis was charged with third-degree criminal mistreatment. She has since posted bail.
Photo Credit: Lindsey Aheren/WMAZ, Screenshot