Police warn against leaving kids in hot cars, even during quick stops

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Police are giving a warning to parents as the Summer temperatures heat up.

They want to remind parents that leaving a child in a car, even for a short time, can be dangerous.

On Monday, Buffalo police officers arrested two parents and charged them with child endangerment for leaving their child in a hot car.

The four-year-old is doing okay as of Wednesday morning.

Police told us the child, found in a vehicle on Hertel Ave., was sleeping.

The parents tell News 4 they cracked the windows, but police say that is not enough, especially as the weather warms up.

“I think it’s very important for people to understand, even if they’re just going to run into a store, or make a quick stop, even a few seconds in a car in this weather can cause that temperature in that car to rise extremely rapidly,” Lt. Jeffrey Rinaldo said. “Anything can happen in an unattended car with a small child left inside. Everything from heat exhaustion, to God forbid, if somebody tries to break in or steal the car. At the end of the day, if you wouldn’t leave your purse in the car, don’t leave your child in the car.”

Authorities tell us the child was checked out at the scene, deemed to be okay, and given to a grandparent. The parents are due in court later this month.

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