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WATCH: Shoppers Smash Window, Free 2 Kids From Hot Car

WATCH: Shoppers Smash Window, Free 2 Kids From Hot Car
Posted July 15th, 2014 @ 10:28am by Jenn Gidman, Newser Staff

(NEWSER) – Media attention from the Justin Ross Harris case has placed citizens on high alert for children stuck in hot cars—and shoppers at a strip mall in Katy, Texas, are the latest to come to the rescue. The group smashed in a car window yesterday to free two young children trapped inside a Jeep as temperatures outside rose into the 90s, but contrary to KHOU's initial report, this wasn't an instance of neglect. KHOU initially spoke with Gabriel Del Valle, who shot a video on his smartphone showing at least four people trying to free the boy and girl from the car and indicated that the mother had left them there while getting a haircut. KHOU now talks to other witnesses who say the mother accidentally locked her kids in the car after finishing her shopping—with kids in tow—and pleaded with other shoppers for help.

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