A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy is being hailed as a hero for rescuing a 4-month-old crying, sweating baby girl trapped alone in a locked car in sweltering heat in Chatsworth.
The child’s mother was arrested after the rescue and the baby placed in protective custody.
Deputy Dustin Morales was approached outside the Chatsworth Courthouse by a woman who told him about the child’s plight, according to sheriff’s Lt. Edward Mackenzie.
“The car was parked in direct sunlight with an ambient temperature of 90 degrees, and the infant was crying and sweating profusely,” Mackenzie said.
Morales forced his way into the vehicle and took the infant into the courthouse to cool down while awaiting paramedics, Mackenzie said.
Fire department personnel arrived and took the girl to a hospital. She’s expected to make a full recovery, according to Mackenzie.
Court deputies determined that the child’s mother left the baby while tending to some matter in the courthouse. She was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and the baby was placed into protective custody after the Tuesday afternoon incident.
The mother’s name was not released.
–City News Service
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