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(KSL News) -- LT. JAY SOUTHAM, SALT LAKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: "AN EMPLOYEE OF THE STORE BEHIND US HAD FOUND ABOUT A FIVE YEAR OLD CHILD LOCKED IN A CAR IN 98-DEGREE WEATHER."
A child was rushed to the hospital, and his parents face serious charges for locking him inside a hot car while they shopped.
When temperatures are in the upper nineties, the inside of a car can reach 120 or 130 degrees.
That's why an employee of a thrift store called 9-1-1 when he saw a child in a locked car this evening. But before emergency crews arrived, the employee took matters into his own hands, and used a pry bar to get the child out. Othwerwise, the consequences could have been fatal.
""Lt. Jay Southam, Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office:"HE WAS VERY HOT, SWEATING PROFUSELY, AND IT COULD BE I THINK HAD HE BEEN LEFT IN THE CAR VERY MUCH LONGER IN THIS HEAT, IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN."
The boy was dehydrated and non-responsive when he was removed from the car, and was taken to an area hospital. Thanks to the quick actions of the employee, the boy is going to be okay. Lieutenant Southam says the boy's parents will face charges of abuse and neglect.