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Waterloo woman arrested after officer saves baby from car

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

A Waterloo woman was arrested and charged with child endangerment after a Waterloo police officer saved a baby that was locked inside a car.

Officer Adam Galbraith was on patrol in 800 block of West 2nd Street at around 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday when he saw a car illegally parked.  When he looked inside the car, he saw a baby boy in a car seat covered in sweat.  Galbraith said that the windows of the car were rolled up and the boy had very red skin and was gasping for air.

"He was doing rapid breathing where you could actually see the kid forcefully breathing. His eyes weren't open. He was kind of lying with his head to the side. It looked like he was struggling to breath," said Officer Galbraith.

Galbraith has worked for the Waterloo Police Department for 16 years. During that time he says he has never come upon a situation quite like this one and it all started with a parking ticket.

On Wednesday around 12:30 in the afternoon in Waterloo the temperature was between 78 and 80 degrees. According to a General Motors study a vehicle in 80 degree weather can reach around 120 degrees on the inside.

Joann Skidmore lives nearby and was outside when Officer Galbraith found the child. She told her husband to run and get some water for the baby.

"That baby just clutched the little bottle of water. The officer just tipped it up and gave the baby little drinks out of it. The paramedics came and took the baby to the hospital," said Skidmore.

Galbraith doesn't like to think about what might have happened to the child if hadn't looked in the back of that car.

"I'm thankful that I was able to be there and I owe that to God. God had his hands in it."

Galbraith got the boy out of the car and called for medical assistance.  The boy was treated on scene by Waterloo Fire Rescue and then was taken to a local hospital.

Officer located the mother, 24-year-old Shawna Raeann Bailey, about 30 minutes later.

She is charged with child endangerment.

Captain Tim Pillack says that DHS was called in to investigate.

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