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Trinity Police explain breaking car window in baby rescue


Trinity Police Chief Steven Jones said he would do it, and he did.

"I gave him the order to go ahead and break out the window out," said Jones.

On Thursday, Jones and officers from the department had to break a window to save a 6-month-old that had been trapped in a minivan because his grandmother locked her keys inside.

"He was profusely sweating and I knew that was a sign to take immediate action," said Jones.

Jones says the woman estimated her grandson was in the van for about 10 minutes, but in the 95-degree heat ensuring the infant's safety was the top priority.

"I looked at the child and could tell it had been longer," said Jones.

Studies show it can take as little as 15 minutes in an overheated car for a child to suffer brain of kidney injuries."

"We went back and reviewed the video cameras at Brookshire Brothers and her estimate of time she thought 10 minutes had past,  actually 28 minutes had past," said Jones.

This year 37 children have died after being left in hot cars and Jones says even though this was an accident everyone can learn from the close call.

"There were actually other people that came up and stood with her and was watching this child inside the car in this high temperature and they just didn't know they weren't educated," said Jones.

Authorities say anytime you see a child locked in a vehicle to notify law enforcement immediately.

The infant's grandmother isn't facing any criminal charges and Jones says the six month old was checked out by paramedics and it in good condition.

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