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Police Rescue Baby Locked in Vehicle

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL)

UNI Police officers rescued a baby locked in a vehicle Monday night on 27th Street, near the UNI soccer fields. Details are limited at this time, but KWWL-TV has learned the baby was rushed to Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo for treatment. UNI officials have not identified the child, or indicated if the baby is a boy or girl, but a UNI spokesman did say the baby is expected to recover.

UNI Police got the call around 8:20 Monday night. When they arrived on the scene, they saw the infant inside a locked vehicle. Officers broke out the window to rescue the baby and the infant was immediately transported to Waterloo's Covenant Medical Center for treatment.

Though the exact circumstances of the incident have not been released. KWWL-TV has been told the baby's parents were not there when UNI Police officers broke out the vehicle window to save the child's life in the heat of Monday night. Monday had been the hottest day of the year, with temperatures into the 90's. The situation could have easily ended tragically, if not for someone alerting UNI Police to the baby locked inside the vehicle.

Here's just one example of how hot it can get inside a car on days like Monday.  KWWL-TV received a digital photo from a viewer, showing the temperature at 101 degrees inside her SUV late Monday afternoon. Though the temperature had dropped slightly by 8:20 Monday night, when the Cedar Falls incident was reported, the temperature inside the vehicle was still likely in the uppers 80's or lower 90's. That is a very dangerous atmosphere for any child and also for pets, which are often left unattended during hot summer days.    

Online  Reporter: Ron Steele

rsteele@kwwl.com

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