HEB security guard rescues baby in hot car


by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News and photojournalist SCOTT GUEST


Posted on September 25, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 26 at 11:03 AM

AUSTIN -- An HEB security guard is being hailed as a hero after rescuing a baby from a hot car.

According to Austin police, on August 14, Senior Police Officer Brent Cleveland was called to the HEB store at 1801 East 51st Street near the Mueller Development. He found a 10-month-old infant inside a vehicle that was not running, the windows were up and the doors locked.

According to the affidavit, a security guard broke the window and helped save the infant inside.

"You think it's like the movies. It took three times. The first two punches did nothing. It wasn't until the third punch that I got into the window," said Marwan Alnueimi, HEB Security Guard.

Witnesses say the child was "crying and soaking wet with a red face. Her body felt so hot it felt like she had been in an oven."

Police say the temperature that day was 103 degrees. Paramedics took the child to nearby Dell Children's Hospital.

"When temperatures get that hot, a child's body stops regulating temperatures. That's when kids start to have seizures," said Dr. Eric Higginbotham, MD, Dell Children's Hospital.

Doctors say there are ways to avoid leaving a child in a carseat. Put your cellphone, purse and wallet in the backseat next to the carseat. Make a habit of opening the back door to always check for children. Put a teddy bear or stuffed animal in the carseat when it's empty.

Austin police filed an arrest warrant for the mother, 27-year-old Debra Lynn Ary. She's facing charges of endangering a child, a third degree felony.



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