Young children rescued from hot car as mother donated plasma, Cleveland Police say (video)
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – New video shows two children under 3 crying as they were rescued from a hot car by police.
Seemingly desperate for extra cash, officers said their mother left them alone for more than three hours in late August on a hot day.
Officers said the mother was in a plasma donation center when someone found her children.
An RTA police officer on leave who worked in security at the center called 911 saying, “A parent left their children unoccupied in a hot car.”
It was an Ubereats driver who told police he had stopped to help the two girls in the back of the blue Ford Escape.
“I walked past and the little girl was hanging out the window crying for her mother,” he said.
A nurse picked up the mother from a donation machine and took her out of the center at around 11:15 a.m.
“She’s been registered with us since 7:30 am,” the nurse told officers.
This means that the children were left alone for more than three hours.
According to 19 News meteorologists, it was around 80 degrees that day.
The police tried to explain to the mother at the scene how dangerous what she had done was.
“This car heats up very quickly and toddlers easily raise their temperature,” said an officer.
Another officer said, “You can’t just leave the kids in the car unattended. “
It’s amazing that the two girls in this case survived. The police report says they were taken to hospital and released.
According to the Department of Transportation, 21 children have died in a hot car so far this year.
One of them was in western Ohio.
A nonprofit that tracks pediatric heat stroke deaths nationwide says the majority of hot car deaths happen because someone misses a child. Only 19.6% are knowingly left in the hot car like what apparently happened in this case.
Signs outside the Plasma Center on W. 25th Street advertise the possibility of making additional money through a donation.
The mother’s name is redacted in the police report, so we were unable to reach her. However, she was apparently a new donor, according to the nurse.
His decision, however, resulted in a charge of endangering children which could lead to jail time, and according to the police report, his children have been temporarily removed from his custody.
Officers say they also found marijuana in the mother’s purse when they searched it. It is not known if she was allowed to have the drug or if she will face additional drug charges.
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