Los Angeles, CA – Sheriff’s Deputy Pedro Mejia is being heralded as a hero for breaking into a car to free two babies locked inside the vehicle. The young children were locked inside the car for approximately 25 minutes while their mother went shopping. Arely Amaya,18, was arrested on felony child endangerment charges for allegedly rolling up the car windows partially and locking her 2-week-old daughter and1-year-old son inside.
The car was parked in a Cudahy, California shopping center parking lot when Deputy Pedro Mejia found the babies. The temperature outside was 92 degrees, but, inside the car, the heat reached 110 to 115 degrees, according to a Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department media release. A passerby noticed the babies in the back seat of the locked car and called local law enforcement officers for help.
“The window was partially cracked. I stuck my arm in, unlocked the car and pulled the children out,” Deputy Mejia stated during an interview with KTLA News.
The Sheriff’s Deputy also noted the babies were hot and moist to the touch when he pulled them from inside the car.
The babies rescued from inside the locked car were taken to the St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood for treatment and are reportedly listed in stable condition. After the babies were pulled from Arely Amaya’s car, Deputy Meija placed them in his air-conditioned police cruiser to cool down until paramedics arrived.
Amaya emerged from her shopping trip a short time after the children were rescued from the locked car and identified herself as their mother to law enforcement officers. The woman allegedly admitted to going shopping and locking the 1-year-old boy and 2-week-old girl inside the car. Arely Amaya is being held on a $105,000 bail.