Passerby speaks after helping rescue boy from hot car

EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A two-year-old boy is okay after he was left alone inside a hot car.

Police said the boy’s father left him in the car Monday afternoon while he went shopping at the East Greenbush Wal-Mart. The boy was found alone, drenched in sweat, and crying out for help.

“We pulled up next to a vehicle, and we heard babies screaming,” Albert Bates of Castleton recalled.

Bates quickly rushed into action. The window was cracked about three inches, according to police, but Bates said he couldn’t fit his arm inside.

Min Tun (East Greenbush PD)
Min Tun (East Greenbush PD)

Police said another passerby was able to put her arm in and unlock the door.

“When we pulled the baby from the car, the baby was drenched in sweat, hyperventilating,” Bates said.

Even in mild weather, experts say it doesn’t take long for the interior of a car to heat up.

“It was 73 degrees outside,” Donald Deitz with the East Greenbush Police Department said. “The inside of the car is dramatically hotter than that.”

“He was strapped into a car seat, so there was nothing he could do,” Bates said.

The boy was left in the car on purpose while his father, 39-year-old Min Tun, went shopping.

“He believed that because the windows were rolled down a little bit that it would be find to leave his baby alone in the car,” Deitz said.

“We were probably standing out there for a  good 40 minutes before he even came out,” Bates said.

Police said the boy is okay, but Bates said he fears for what could have happened if the other Good Samaritan wasn’t around to help.

“I know he lost a lot of fluids, so I felt bad,” Bates said. “I mean, it was totally unacceptable.”

According to police, Tun works at Albany Medical Center.

He was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He is due back in court next week.

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