Woman Smashes Car Window to Get Baby After Dad Reportedly 'Forgets' Him (VIDEO)

Every summer, we hear tragic stories of kids who die after a parent leaves him or her in a hot car. In the case of 22-month-old Cooper Harris, his father, Ross, was even charged with malice murder. So it's no wonder that a woman walking in the parking lot of an H-E-B supermarket in San Antonio, Texas, paid attention when she saw a one-year-old locked in a car with the weather still hot outside. In fact, she did more than pay attention. She got all ninja on the car.

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Angela Radtke happened to see the child about 10 a.m. on Saturday. Despite the fact that bystanders warned her she could be arrested if she damaged the car, Radtke didn't care. What about the damage that could be done to the child?

Retrieving a tire iron from her car, she came back to the vehicle with the baby inside -- and smashed right through the front window. She then climbed into the car, cutting herself in the process, and retrieved the baby.

The baby's father was reportedly inside the supermarket with his 12-year-old daughter -- and had been there for at least 40 minutes, surveillance cameras showed.

When he finally showed up and saw the scene outside of his car, he reportedly admitted that he had forgotten the baby was there.

By the time the baby was rescued from the car, police said the little boy was dehydrated and had heat exposure.

The little boy has been placed in the custody of Child Protective Services. The father, Richard Elliott, has been charged with child endangerment.

It's a shame that bystanders not only didn't help, but even actively discouraged Radtke from doing the right thing. "I felt like some people were kind of scared," she told KENS5. "They didn't want to be liable because the security guard was yelling that I could possibly be arrested for breaking the window."

Wow, this security guard needs to rethink his line of work or get more training. Imagine worrying about a car over the life of a child.

The woman who rescued him was not charged, thanks to Texas' "Good Samaritan" law.

What would you have done?


Image via KENS5

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