Firefighters forced to smash window to rescue 18-month-old left in hot car for more than an hour

Mail Online | 6/23/2019 | William Cole For Mailonline
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A toddler was dramatically rescued from a hot car after being left alone for more than an hour in scorching temperatures.

The boy, thought to be around 18 months old, was freed after a passer-by heard him crying from inside the locked vehicle.

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Fire crews finally released him by smashing a window and pulling him from the 4x4, which had been left in a car park in Saffron Walden, Essex, on Saturday.

A ticket stub on the dashboard of the Nissan X-Trail suggested he'd been abandoned inside for more than an hour - as outside temperatures topped 25C.

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Crowds gathered to watch the rescue operation after an announcement was made at a nearby family fun day, urging the boy's parents to return to their car.

Witness Cheryl Thomas, 42, said: 'It was unbelievable. We were all enjoying a day out and suddenly they announced this crying little boy had been left inside a hot car.

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'We could see the car park from where we were and everyone looked over to see paramedics outside the car, frantically trying to get in.

'Everyone was looking round for a parent rushing over but no-one came. We couldn't believe it when ten minutes later there was still no sign of anyone.

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'It was such a hot day, we actually got sunburn while we were out there so that poor little boy must have been in such distress.

'It brings me to tears thinking about what he must have been going through.'

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Firefighters swooped on the 17-plate vehicle and eventually freed the little boy shortly after 4.30pm after smashing the driver's window.

He was crying and was visibly distressed as he was pulled from the car, which is when a woman - believed to be his mother - finally returned with another young boy.


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