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Six kids survive being left alone in Charlotte cars


Temperatures are soaring in Charlotte. And there's seems to be a rash of parents leaving kids in sweltering vehicles. We've had three cases in Charlotte in the last two days. So what would you do if you saw a child trapped in a hot car?

Thursday the temps were in the 90s and police say two adults in a parking lot on Central Avenue left their nine-year-old daughter and five-year-old son in a car for 15 minutes.

"I'd call the cops," said Carla Cannon.

Cannon has an eight-year-old daughter and a five-year-old son. She can't believe more than one person this week in Charlotte has been reported to police for leaving their kids unattended in cars.

Police say one woman was arrested for child neglect on Double Oaks Road for leaving a one-year-old girl and two-year-old boy in the car for a half hour with no air conditioning.

"They should be put her in a car for a half hour. It's cruel," said Cannon, "It's the same thing as putting your dog in there. I wouldn't want to be in a car for a half hour in this heat, why would you do it to your kids."

Kiari Dudley has three sons. She says she would first try to find the kids' mom, but if necessary she would act if a child was in distress.

"That kind of thing overwhelms you sometimes, if you see someone in danger you just have the overwhelming need to help. I know I usually do," said Dudley.

If you walk by a car and you notice a child in the back seat police say do something but don't try to break the window.

"First you try to locate the driver or the owner of the vehicle, just shout out, 'Who's car is this? Hey, somebody around,'" said Officer Craig Allen.

Allen says if that doesn't work, let the child know you are there, call 911 and leave any rescue to the professionals like CMPD or firefighters.

In a parking lot on Galleria Boulevard two girls a four-year-old and eight-year-old were left alone and someone did call 911.

Paige Weiss has two little girls and says people need to use common sense.

"It's not that your child is getting dehydrated, your child is dying in a car if you don't get out there in time," said Weiss.

In these three cases all the kids survived.

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