MCKINNEY (CBSDFW.COM) – A baby left in a hot car for half an hour is out of the hospital and expected to recover. He likely owes his life to a couple of good Samaritans who smashed through a car window to save him.
Roshell Steakley was getting into her truck when she saw a baby boy in his car seat inside the car parked next to her.
“I noticed the baby was red, hot-looking, and so I look in the car and then I realized there wasn’t anyone else in the car,” Steakley said.
Steakley called 911 and started yelling for help. Brittnie Johnston heard her and ran across the parking lot.
“We’re frantically trying to get the doors open. We look around. There’s no one around. The doors are locked. We’re freaking out,” Johnston said.
“I’m on the phone with 911, and they asked me to wait on the authorities, and I said ‘no, I’m breaking the window,’ and they said, ‘well ma’am that’s your choice,’ and I said, ‘okay I’m breaking the window,’ ” Steakley said.
Steakley crawled back to the baby while Johnston opened the rear door to get him out. That’s when first responders arrived to take the baby to a hospital.
“All of a sudden once we’re talking to the police and the paramedics, the mother walks out of Target, like walks out of Target and says, ‘oh my gosh, I forgot my baby in the car; I’m sorry,’ ” Johnston said.
Police arrested the mother, 27-year-old Kimberly Rosario. Steakley said she has sympathy for her.
“Everyone says, how do you forget your child? I mean it happens to everyone of every walk of life,” Steakley said.
Now both of the women who helped save the little boy are urging anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation to do what they did.
“I would do the same thing a hundred times if it saved a hundred babies. I would smash a hundred windows,” Johnston said.
“Don’t stand around and do nothing. Be proactive, and jump in, and don’t worry about the consequences if you can save a life, that’s all that matters,” Steakley said.
McKinney Police declined to give any additional information about the baby, but Steakley said she recieved a call Thursday from the special victims unit telling her the boy was released to his grandmother.