Child Locked in Car at The Shops of Highland Park

At 12:22 p.m., a child was unintentionally locked in a black four door sedan outside a restaurant at The Shops of Highland Park.

The car owner had locked her keys in the car with her child inside and noticed her mistake just as the door shut. Sgt. Lance Koppa, spokesman for the Highland Park Department of Public Safety, said HP officers responded immediately and Dallas Fire Rescue was on scene. They assessed that the child was in the car for 10 minutes total and officers broke open a small back window to free the child before the heat came into effect.

The child was in good condition when released from the car.

Temperatures reached about 94 degrees around noon and Koppa said during the summertime HP officers step up the urgency when it comes to these situations.

2 thoughts on “Child Locked in Car at The Shops of Highland Park

  • July 2, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    In summer, the window should be broken immediately after calling 911. Don’t wait for them to arrive. Just break it with whatever you can find. Each minute counts.

  • July 2, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    The same thing happened to me when my 13 year old was a baby! I was at a shopping center at Preston/Roual. The firemen came quickly and tried several times to get the lock open. I remember them telling me they would try “one more time” but then they would have to break the window. It worked and she was fine. But that is a scary experience …. especially for a new mom!


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