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LA MESA, Calif. — Two young children were rescued from a hot car in La Mesa Thursday after witnesses got one of them to unlock the vehicle.

Firefighters responded around 12:30 p.m. to the parking lot of 5500 Grossmont Center Drive after getting a report that the children — one 4 years old and the other 9 months old — were locked inside the car, said Sonny Saghera of Heartland Fire & Rescue.

475299803“The vehicle was not running and there was no adult supervision nearby,” he said.

Bystanders got the older child to unlock the vehicle before rescue crews arrived, Saghera said.

“The mother of the children arrived at the car and stated she had been gone for only five minutes,” he said.

Paramedics examined the children and released them to the custody of their father, Saghera said.

It was unclear if the children’s mother was arrested.

Heartland Fire Department officials urged parents and caregivers to take precautions to prevent heatstroke incidents:

  • Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle – even if the windows are partially open or the engine is running and the air conditioning is on;
  • Make a habit of looking in the vehicle – front and back – before locking the door and walking away;
  • Ask the childcare provider to call if the child doesn’t show up for care as expected;
  • Do things that serve as a reminder that a child is in the vehicle, such as placing a purse or briefcase in the back seat to ensure no child is accidentally left in the vehicle, or writing a note or using a stuffed animal placed in the driver’s view to indicate a child is in the car seat; and
  • Teach children that a vehicle is not a play area and store keys out of a child’s reach.


  • Me!

    The mother should have been arrested! She intentionally left the kids in the car. How many kids have to die before people smarten up?!

  • Guest

    Car dealers need to invent an alarm that will go off if pets or children are left in cars. Some people will never smarten up.

    • marj413

      Better yet we should take the children away from these moron parents and then sterilize them so they can't make any more.

    • Incipio

      This won't help if they purposely leave the children in the car and honestly – who really pays attention to car alarms past the question "Is that MY car alarm".

  • Gale

    What the heck is wrong with some parents? Why would she do that? Especially after the very recent publicized news story about the child who died in a hot car? She said she was gone for only 5 minutes. That's 5 minutes too long.

  • Josie

    I highly doubt it was "five minutes"; but even if it were, that's still too long. A four-year-old is not able to baby-sit an infant, and even five minutes is enough for someone to kidnap them too.

    • Incipio

      If a person really timed it – they find it takes at least 1-2 minutes to get from the car, into the store, grab a cart… Then shopping… then putting it on the check out conveyer belt, letting them tally it up, paying for it and etc.

      Really? That's not five minutes and honestly – why not take them with you to let them help you shop? Use it as a learning experience to teach them how to compare the prices against the quantity and add up the costs as you move through the store.

      Some parents are just selfish morons.

  • Barbara

    Alarms are not going to prevent these type of events. These people are PURPOSELY leaving their children in the car. Stupid people shouldn't breed. We need to start spaying and neutering these moronic parents to clean up the gene pool.

  • Roger

    The woman should be sterilized immediately. She obviously does not have the mental capacity to care for children. How many cases like this are there going to be?? It's on the news every single day. Don't these people understand the dangers???

  • Carol

    Amazing. Guarantee she wouldn't have left her purse in the car but ok to leave the kids. As others have said, 5 minutes is 5 minutes too long. Don't leave kids or pets in the car!!

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