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Troopers: Good Samaritan rescues infant from hot car in Amsterdam

Troopers: Good Samaritan rescues infant from hot car in Amsterdam

The good Samaritan spotted the infant just before 4:30 p.m.
Troopers: Good Samaritan rescues infant from hot car in Amsterdam
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TOWN OF AMSTERDAM -- A good Samaritan rescued an infant from inside a hot car Monday in the town of Amsterdam, state police said.

The infant was out and in good health when troopers arrived, state police said. The child's father was also on scene.

Troopers were called to the Walmart parking lot in the town of Amsterdam just before 4:30 p.m. Monday for a report of an infant locked inside a vehicle, a state police spokeswoman said.

The passerby heard the child crying as they passed the vehicle and contacted police, Trooper Kerra Burns said. The person was then able to get the vehicle's door open and found the child to be in good health, Burns said.

The child's father was on scene when police arrived, Burns said. No charges have been filed and the investigation is ongoing.

National Weather Service records indicate the air temperature in nearby Johnstown at 4:20 p.m. Monday was 79 degrees.

That temperature is well within the dangerous range for children left inside cars, according to NoHeatStroke.org. The site reports that a child left in a car in Missouri died just last month with an outside air temperature of 79 degrees.

A total of 52 children left in hot cars died in 2018 nationally, according to the National Safety Council

"Even on mild or cloudy days, temperatures inside vehicles can reach life-threatening levels," the council writes on its website. "Leaving windows slightly open doesn't help. Children should never be left unattended or be able to get inside a vehicle."

The council notes that deaths happen after parents and caregivers forget a child in the vehicle, children find their ways into vehicles and someone knowingly leaves a child in a vehicle.

"NSC advises parents and caregivers to stick to a routine and avoid distractions to reduce the risk of forgetting a child," the council writes. "Place a purse, briefcase or even a left shoe in the back seat to force you to take one last look before walking away. Keep car doors locked so children cannot gain access, and teach them that cars are not play areas.

"There is no safe time to leave a child in a vehicle," the council writes, "even if you are just running a quick errand."

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