Baby ‘Minutes From Death’ Rescued From Hot Car

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KAUFMAN (CBS11) – Minutes from death, police in Kaufman jumped in to help save a nine-month-old baby who was accidentally left inside a hot car on Friday.

The boy’s family said he was released from the hospital Friday around 4:00 p.m. and is doing better.

Investigators said the boy’s grandmother parked her car and went inside her home in the 900 block of Melody Circle around 8:30 a.m.

Police say it was not until an hour later that she realized she had forgotten the infant.

“I saw a lady come out of the house, acting crazy,” said Heather Brewer, who lives next door. “The way she was shaking the baby I thought, ‘oh my goodness.’ And I knew that’s what was going on.”

Kaufman Police Captain Ed Black was the first to respond.

“I’ve never picked up a child that was that hot before,” said Black. “They’re extremely lucky. This child was a few minutes from dying.”

Black said he used cold, wet towels to bring down the baby’s body temperature.

The nine-month-old’s great grandfather, Emilio Vasquez, said the boy’s grandmother is not used to watching the baby.               

“I tell parents, try it yourself. Go out at night and sit in the car for 10 or 15 minutes. It’s not pleasant,” said Black.

Police said the grandmother is not facing charges yet, but that could change as the investigation continues.

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