INGLEWOOD – Visitors to an Inglewood shopping center sprang into action after they observed a child unattended in a car with the windows rolled up.
It is unclear what day this happened, but residents observed a minivan in the parking lot of Superior grocery store, located near Crenshaw and Imperial, and alerted Inglewood Police Department while waiting for the occupant(s) to return.
Two women were seen exiting the grocery store, and heading to the car with a grocery cart filled to the rim with groceries. They were immediately placed under arrest after asking if the child was ok.
There is a nationwide trend of children dying from heat related deaths after being left unattended in cars that can at times reach temperatures in excess of 100 degrees.
On average, 38 children under the age of 15 die each year from heatstroke after being left in a vehicle. Nearly every state has experienced at least one death since 1998. In both 2018 and 2019 a record number of 53 children died after being left in a hot vehicle.
Thank GOD for those in the parking lot who observed and reported.