As the temperatures rise to 90 degrees or higher in the Rio Grande Valley, the Brownsville Fire Departments has received four reports of babies being locked inside cars within the past four weeks.
News Center 23 met with the fire chief to find out babies are being left in locked cars so frequently.
Brownsville Fire Chief Carlos Elizondo said “time is of the essence” to get the children out.
Brownsville Fire Department received two calls about a baby being locked in a car within two days, adding that temperatures in locked cars can reach 160 degrees.
“Both children were fine,” he said. One case the firefighters had to break a window to remove the child.
A viewer sent News Center 23 a video and photo of the Brownsville Fire Department removing the baby from the locked car.
She said the incident happened outside of a gym in Brownsville. The baby was crying and in the car for at least 30 minutes.
A woman inside a nearby office was recording the whole incident as it was happening.
“[Firefighters] went over there and were successfully able to open the door and remove the child. They successfully evaluated the child, the child was fine it was given back to the parent,” Elizondo said.
The viewer did not want to come out on camera but says she’s glad the baby was okay.
“There’s been drastic events where family members forget the child is in the backseat because they’re running so fast and have a lot of things going on,” he said.
Elizondo offers advice for those who are rushing and could forget their baby in the backseat, “Get your phone and put it in the car seat with the baby.”