Child rescued from hot car


by WHAS editors

Posted on July 13, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Updated Sunday, Jul 13 at 12:32 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - A teenage girl, Mack, in Rochester said she helped rescue a young boy locked in a hot car while his mother was working.

"He said thank you and he waved to me. It's really sad," she said.

It was close to 80 degrees that afternoon, but parked out in the sun, temperatures inside the car could have reached between 120 and 130 degrees. 

It was where a little boy was left alone, without water for more than two hours. 

Mack said she almost didn't see him; the four-year-old's head barely reached the top of the steering wheel. 

"So I looked over and I rolled down my window, and I asked him are you okay, and he said no," Mack said.

The teenager got out and walked over to the car, tucked in the back corner of the lot. 

She said, "So then I asked him again are you okay, and he said no, I'm not okay."

Mack said the boy was lethargic, soaked in sweat. He sat in the driver's seat, too scared to get out of the car. 

"He was a little boy he was hot and sweaty by himself.  He was tired, obviously," she said.

She took one look at him and called 911. 

"I said where is your mom, and he pointed at T.G.I. Fridays and said she was working."

A hostess at the restaurant, Thelma Edwards didn't come outside until police arrived. 

Through the one cracked window, Mack asked the child if anyone had been out to check on him. 
"He said no, I've been by myself, and then that's when he said I've been in here since about 4. I looked at my phone, and it's 6:30; he's been in here for 2 and half hours by himself."

According to police, Edwards said she had no one to watch the boy.

Police arrested edwards. The young boy is now in the custody of child protective services.