Boy Rescued from Hot Car While Babysitter Allegedly Ran Errands

June 13, 2018 - 8:56 am

Alhambra Police Department
(CNS) - A 6-year-old boy was rescued Tuesday in Alhambra from a sweltering car with an interior temperature that soared to 120 degrees while his babysitter allegedly spent hours running errands and eating at a restaurant.

Officers responded about 2:20 p.m. to a report from a passerby who saw the child inside a locked car with its windows rolled up in the 700 block of East Valley Boulevard, according to Alhambra police Lt. Eddie Elizalde.

When the officers arrived, the boy was "sweating profusely and crying," Elizalde said.

"Officers were able to get the car open and render aid to the child," he said. "A temperature reading was taken, showing the interior of the car at 120 degrees."

Firefighters took the boy to a hospital for treatment and evaluation, Elizalde said. An update on his condition was not immediately available.

"While the officers were investigating the whereabouts of the child's parents, they came in contact with a female claiming she was the child's babysitter," Elizalde said.

"It was determined that the babysitter had left the child in the car while she ran errands and ate at a nearby restaurant. Officers were able to establish that the child was left inside the locked car for almost two hours."

The babysitter, identified as 60-year-old Helen Law of Alhambra, was arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment and her bail was set at $100,000, Elizalde said.