Watch: Shoppers smash windows to free children locked in hot car

Posted at 3:34 PM, Jul 15, 2014

UPDATE: Real story emerges after ‘hot car rescue’ video goes viral

KATY, TX – Some brave shoppers jump into action, smashing open a car, after spotting children inside. It happened Monday in Katy, Texas as temperatures hovered above 90 degrees.

They thought they had no time to spare. Shoppers in a strip center parking lot taking matters into their own hands, after noticing two small children in a hot jeep. Gabriel Del Valle says he stepped out of his nearby shop after hearing the sound of children crying out in desperation.

Gabe shot this video with his phone. He says one guy got used a hammer to smash open the windows. “Even then they could barely open the doors because there was a child lock on.”

After several minutes, the kids were freed. The children’s mom apparently said she had left them there only temporarily so that she could get a haircut.

But Gabe believes nothing justifies treating children like this. “Even a dog can die. Imagine a person.”

No one called police. We are told the mom came out, pleaded with everyone, said she just made a terrible mistake. Fortunately it appears as though her children were unharmed.

By: Rucks Russell, KHOU 11 News.