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Toddler drenched in sweat rescued from hot minivan — officer confronts mom in parking lot

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HACKENSACK, N.J. – A two-year-old girl is alive thanks to a quick-thinking Costco manager who called police after finding the child locked inside a hot minivan in the parking lot.

The video shows a two-year-old girl sitting inside a parked minivan at a Costco parking lot while her mother finishes shopping. The scared little girl was "sweating profusely" and crying in the car seat, according to WPIX.

Officers smashed a vehicle window to open the minivan door. The video shows them picking up and hugging the girl.

The officers started running the minivan's license plate to find the parents when the mother, Chaeyoung Lim-Kim, with another child on a shopping cart, walked up with a cart full of groceries.

Officer: "Is this your kid?"
Mother: "Sorry."
Officer: "No 'sorry!' She could have died! I'll hold her. I'll hold her."

The officers estimated he was locked inside the stifling van for at least 10 minutes, which is long enough for temperatures inside to reach over 100 degrees.

“Knowing the severity of the temperature outside the vehicle, I can only imagine what it was like inside the vehicle,” said Sheriff’s Officer Richard Carrion.

Carrion used the metal tip at the end of his baton to shatter a window on the passenger side. Officer Sonya Bekier, who has a child of the same age, pulled the crying toddler out. She gave him water and consoled him.

“I obviously was upset being a mother myself,” said Bekier.

Soaked in sweat, the boy was rushed to a hospital. Police say once checked out, he was deemed to be okay.

“I can’t even guess what she was thinking with this kind of weather,” commented Wendy Lees, a mother of two.

Coincidentally, Friday happens to be National Heatstroke Prevention Day. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warns that 30 children died last year, after being left alone in hot cars.

“If you see something odd, a child left in a car, a suspicious person, a package, you need to let us know,” warned Carrion, “We need to work together.”

The mother was arrested and charged with child endangerment and released on her own recognizance.

5 comments

  • Laura

    Everyone I read one of these stories it passes me off to no end!!! How stupid do you have to be to lick your child in a hot car???? Or leave your 2 year old alone in a car at all??? Why did she talked one kid with her and lock the 2 year old alone in the car? And all she said was “sorry”? She’d have been even sorter if that little girl had died!

  • Marie

    Anyone who does this should be charged with attempted murder. Any idiot knows you can die from heat stroke. This summer has been brutal and to lock anyone in a car with the windows rolled up and no ac on in 100 degree weather is dangerous. Even if it was only 50 degrees who leaves a 2 year old alone in the car? ! She takes one child in who didn’t look much older but left the other one.

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