Police Urge Parents to be Alert after Hot Car Rescue

6 years 7 months 1 week ago Thursday, April 27 2017 Apr 27, 2017 April 27, 2017 6:54 PM April 27, 2017 in News

MCALLEN – Police are issuing a heat warning for parents and guardians as temperatures rise.

McAllen police arrested Angel Horacio Lira after he allegedly left a one-year-old child inside a locked car on Tuesday.

Shortly after their arrival, police noticed the car’s doors were locked. McAllen officer Joel Morales Jr. said they were forced to break a window open.

“The officer observed that the child was awake, red-faced and perspiring. There was concern about dehydration. So the child was transported to a local area hospital,” he said.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS learned the call to police was made at 4:20 p.m. We used a thermometer to measure the temperature and it showed it was about 93 degrees outside. After 26 minutes, the temperatures inside the vehicle rose to 101 degrees.

Resident Emma Rodriguez spends time watching her two granddaughters on the playground.

“This hot weather that we’ve been having, leaving a child in a car there’s no reason for that,” she said.

Rodriguez said she always looks twice when she drives her granddaughters.

Morales said Lira is charged with abandoning or endangering a child, which is a state jail felony. 

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