NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a firefighter rescued a crying child locked alone in a car on a warm summer day in New York City.
It happened Thursday afternoon at a shopping center in Queens. Firefighter Matthew Clinton says the roughly 4-year-old boy was in a car seat, sweating and crying that it was hot inside.
Clinton obtained a hammer from a bystander and smashed the driver’s side window to get the boy out.
The firefighter says the child was scared but alert and able to stand. The boy was taken to a hospital to be checked out.
When his father returned, he was arrested on reckless endangerment and other charges.
Last month, twin 1-year-olds died after their father left them in a car in the Bronx during his workday.