In what could have turned out to be a tragedy of massive proportions, seven toddlers left inside a hot car in Maryland escaped with their lives.
Authorities are praising the actions of one of the children, reportedly a four-year-old, who used a cell phone to call 9-1-1 to plead for help.
Thanks to the quick-thinking of the little child, this story ended with seven children merely “scared” and “sweaty,” instead of a far-worse fate that awaited them if no one came to help.
“The Charles County [Maryland] Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that the children's ages ranged from 2 to 4 years old, and it was likely the eldest who called 911.
“The boy reportedly told authorities that the children were hot and didn’t know where they were.
“Authorities traced the call to a shopping center in Waldorf -- about 25 miles south of Washington, D.C. -- and helped the kids.
“The kids were ‘scared’ and ‘sweaty’ as temperatures in the area reached up to 80 degrees, WJLA-TV reported.”(Link: https://wjla.com/news/local/7-toddlers-left-inside-hot-carv)
According to investigators, the woman who left the children alone is the mother of two of them. She was merely caring for the other five.
Deputies said the driver arrived about 10 minutes later, having already been gone for about 20 minutes.
“The mom left the doors of the car unlocked, but did not leave the windows down. According to authorities, the mom told the kids not to leave the vehicle.”
“The driver, a 37-year-old mother of two who was babysitting five other kids, was charged with confinement of children inside a motor vehicle. Her identity was not released.”
Authorities are investigating the incident and are not saying what prompted the woman to leave the children in that situation.
“The Department of Social Services responded and are assisting in the investigation, according to the press release.
“The Charles State's Attorney's Office said additional charges are pending.”