CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - We may be at the tail end of summer but the South Texas heat seems to say otherwise...heat index temperatures soaring to 109 degrees Saturday afternoon. And one accident could have had a much more tragic ending for an infant.
"He's a little red, a little warm, but alert," said CCPD Lt. Chuck Freeman.
Just before 3 p.m. police received a call that a one and a half year old boy was trapped in a hot car after the mom had accidentally locked her keys in the car in the Moore Plaza parking lot off SPID.
"Next thing you know they're closing the door and the doors are locked and in this case the car was not running," said Freeman.
He was trapped inside for ten minutes before good samaritans were able to help police with a hammer and crack the window to unlock the car and rescue the infant, who luckily was still conscious.
But police say parents need to be extra aware when dealing with children and loading in and out of the car. According to the organization KidsAndCars.Org, 30 children have died in hot vehicles so far in 2016, the most recent happening just two days ago in Dayton, Texas, which leads all states in child hot car deaths.
And Parenting.com reports an infant can die inside a car within 15 minutes on a 75 degree day. So you add the South Texas heat on top of that, and it can take just minutes to become fatal fast.
"Make sure you have those keys with you especially with little ones because we get a little complacent in the parking lot," said Freeman.
A complete accident turning into a lucky rescue...officers urging all parents to use extra caution when it comes to your kids and your car.
Briana Whitney 3 News.