SLIDELL, La. - The parking lot on the corner of Front Street and Gause went into high alert Tuesday afternoon, after a woman, who noticed a baby locked in a hot car, ran into a store to call 911.
"We went and looked in the car and the baby was still screaming at the time," said store employee Catheryn Naquin.
As the temperatures outside reached into the 90s, the effort to get the baby from inside temperatures, estimated around 130 degrees, was frantic, especially when the 5-week-old boy stopped crying.
"The baby was non-responsive, we were banging on the window and everything,” said Naquin, “The guy was trying to get his hand in and then the police officer finally showed up."
The baby was rescued, and is okay, but his mother, who claims she forgot the child, was arrested for cruelty to a juvenile. The incident was actually the third in a week across the area.
A couple in Livingston Parish was arrested Friday night for leaving a six-month-old in a car. Then a mother was arrested in Houma Monday for leaving her 21-month old in a running car, which turned off after ten minutes.
Authorities say it is never okay to leave a child in a car.
"Hopefully we'll send a message out that we're not going to put up with this type of crime,” said Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith, “It’s not fair to an animal, much less a child.
This child almost died and we're fortunate that we got there, we had the alert citizen that contacted us and we were able to save a life."
Those who assisted hope it saves even more lives in the future.
"Seeing that freaks me out, and I hope it freaks everybody else out to know there was a 5-week-old baby that's innocent and that shouldn't happen ever again," said Naquin.
Slidell Police also rescued a puppy from a hot car over the weekend. The owners, from Mississippi, were arrested for simple cruelty to an animal.