A mother in London accidentally locked her 8-month-old baby in her vehicle on the hottest day of the year so far and was frantic -- until a police officer came to her rescue.
The unidentified woman reportedly locked her keys inside of her Range Rover on Tuesday afternoon while parked in Surbiton, in southwest London. Her baby, meanwhile, was trapped inside of the car with the windows rolled up while temperatures outside hovered around 73 degrees, reports the Mirror.
Fortunately, officer PC Resteghini responded to the call just after 12:30 p.m. He used his baton to smash the car window, then opened the door and rescued the baby from the sweltering vehicle.
"We used one of the batons to gain entry to the car...the baby was safe and well and the mother was OK," Resteghini told Radio Jackie News.
The baby didn't require medical attention, according to authorities.
An average of 38 children die each year as the result of being left unattended in hot cars, reports Kids and Cars, which is trying to raise awareness for the issue. In many cases, the children are left by accident or parents say they only intended on leaving them alone in the vehicle for a few minutes.
Other times, such as was the case in North Carolina last August, when Sherrie Tiesha Clay and Shakee Duquan Robinson allegedly left their 4-week-old infant in their car for two hours and found her dead, parents and guardians are being charged with murder and manslaughter and are being held accountable for their actions, reports CNN.