2014 recap: Man saves baby in Walmart parking lot

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SPRINGVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — News in August certainly didn’t have a major weather event to drive people to WIVB.com, but one story did pique the interest of people across western New York.

That was the story of a 1-year-old who was locked in a car for about a half hour on a very hot summer day. Officers said the temperature could have been around 109 degrees.

An employee of the Walmart in Springville reportedly saw the child in the vehicle and called police. Before deputies arrived to the scene, a customer broke a window and removed the baby.

Police arrived to the scene soon after, and checked cameras from the parking lot for time reference. That’s when police realized the baby was in the car for almost a half hour.

The mother of the child said it was an accident, and was visibly upset when she realized the baby was in the car.

Police said 32-year-old Jessica Hojnacki was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Police gave kudos to the man who broke the car window, saying he may have saved the child’s life. The girl was found to be okay.


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