If you see a kid locked in a hot car, you'd be doing the right thing by calling police. And given the amount of times parents accidentally leave their kids in hot cars, you'd think the parents would be eternally grateful if you saved their kid's life. But that wasn't the reaction one couple got when they called cops after spotting a child locked in a hot car. The kid's mother, Kristina Riddell, was so angry that the Good Samaritans reported her to the police that she allegedly ran them over. She has been charged in the crime.
Shannon Dominguez and her boyfriend, Alan Mason, were walking in the parking lot of a Dollar Tree in Longmont, Colorado, when they say they spotted a 4-year-old boy in a locked car on a hot day. "All four windows were rolled up. And it was in the direct sun. It scares the heck out of me. Some innocent child might die," Dominguez told Fox News 31.
But when the mother came out and overheard her on the phone with police, she didn't express much gratitude. In fact, she allegedly became infuriated, threatened to beat up Dominguez, and punched Mason in the face.
This is where it gets much worse. Riddell allegedly then jumped in her car and accelerated toward the couple, hitting them both. Dominguez says she broke bones in her leg, is now confined to a wheelchair, and possibly won't walk for the rest of her life. Mason says he was dragged about 20 feet.
Riddell, who had a long criminal record, is charged with hit-and-run and child abuse. No word on whether the child is still residing with her.
Let this be a lesson to us all -- it's the right thing to do to call police when you see a child (or a pet) in a hot car. However, there are those who will not appreciate your "interference." If you can, make the call from a safe distance, and do not engage with the driver if she or he returns. It may be tempting to tell the driver what an idiot he or she is -- but it could also lead to this type of scenario.
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That isn't to blame Dominguez, she did the right thing. But it can't hurt to keep your own safety in mind as well as that of the child in the car.
Have you ever called police on someone leaving a child in a car?
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