UPDATE: Parents call on Rapid City police to rescue children from hot cars in two separate incidents
UPDATE (10:30 p.m. – July 15th) According to the RCPD, the parents of the children involved were the reporting parties in both incidents, having quickly notified authorities upon accidentally locking their children in the vehicles.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — In two separate incidents on Monday, Rapid City police were dispatched to rescue children left unattended in hot cars.
Both of the incidents happened in the parking lot of Walmart on North Lacrosse Street. One of them happened in the late morning, while the other occurred in the late afternoon.
Officers had to break the vehicle’s window to rescue the child in the late afternoon incident.
“These are highly dangerous situations that could have had deadly consequences,” wrote the RCPD in a Facebook post.
The high in Rapid City on Monday was 86 degrees. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a vehicle can become 99 degrees internally if it’s 80 degrees outside in the time span of 10 minutes. After 60 minutes, the internal temperature can rise to 123 degrees.
“NEVER leave a child or pet unattended in a vehicle during the summer heat,” said the RCPD in its post. “Should you encounter a child left unattended in a hot vehicle, call us immediately at 394-4131.”
It’s unknown yet how long the children were left in the vehicles, or if there are charges pending against the drivers.
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