Hamilton couple helped child escape sweltering car
Monique Mead and her fiancé rescued a little boy from a hot car in a parking lot.
The couple pulled into the parking lot of the Walmart at the Upper James Supercentre recently when they noticed a boy locked in a car, as reported by CBC News.
According to Mead, the boy was "soaking wet from head to toe in sweat."
The child, who looked about six years old, was "freaking out and jumping around," Mead added.
Her fiancé then pulled out some tools to help him.
He was about to destroy the car's window when Mead managed to calm the boy down. Then, she taught him how to unlock the door.
Mead sent a Facebook message to CBC News that when they opened all the doors, the boy was really frightened.
Mead and her fiancé immediately called 911.
About 10 minutes later, a man came out from the Walmart store and told the couple that the child was the son of his friend.
The man explained that the boy wanted a drink. However, he didn't want to come into the store, so he decided to left him in the vehicle with the doors locked and windows closed tight.
CBC News reported that David Thompson, from Hamilton EMS, confirmed there was a little boy that had been treated for heat exposure.
"We responded to a heat-related illness and treated a child at the scene," Thompson said. "They were released back to the care of their father."
The Hamilton authorities also confirmed that Mead and her fiancé "coached" the boy on how to unlock the sweltering car.
A 53-year-old man from Hamilton has now been charged with leaving a child unattended under the Child and Family Services Act.
"Don't ever leave your kids or someone's else's kids in a hot car," said Mead.
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