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SUV window smashed to rescue hot child

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MARSHFIELD (WAOW) – Police smashed a window on a sport utility vehicle to free a four-year-old girl who was accidentally locked inside the hot vehicle.

The officer made the decision after seeing the girl was “sweating as her hair above her brow was wet,” showing signs of overheating, as she sat in her car seat, according to a Marshfield Police Department report of the incident last Sunday about 5:30 p.m.

As I reached into the open window of the vehicle, I could feel that it was extremely warm inside,” the officer wrote in the report.

The child's 24-year-old mother accidentally locked her keys and purse inside the SUV just outside the apartment complex where they live, Sgt. Nick Poeschel said Thursday.

Temperatures that afternoon were in the 80s with sunny skies and some humidity

The mother told police she tried three times to break a window with a rock before calling for help, he said.

Breaking a window to rescue a child locked inside a hot car is very rare in Marshfield, Poeschel said. “It is the only time I ever remember breaking a window under those circumstances.”

The child did not need medical treatment, he said.

Parents just need to slow down and make sure they have their keys with them when they exit their car,” the sergeant said.

The mother had access to a phone to quickly get help otherwise the outcome for the child might have been different, Poeschel said.
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