ISSAQUAH, Wash. - A King county sheriff's deputy had to smash a window to free a 3-month-old baby from a hot car.
Police said a woman called 911 to report the abandoned baby in the shopping center in the 4500 block of Klahanie in Issaquah, about 7 p.m. Thursday.
The woman said she went into nearby stores trying to find the owner of the car, and had store employees announce the information over the PA system, but no one responded.
When police arrived, the baby was still in the car with the doors locked. A sheriff's sergeant grabbed a hammer from his patrol car and knocked a window out to rescue the child.
Police said the baby, who was lethargic and slow to respond when pulled from the hot car, was taken to the Issaquah Swedish hospital for treatment.
The father was eventually found in the QFC store.
Police believe he left the child in the car for about 20 minutes.
The 31-year-old father was arrested and booked on charges of second-degree child abandonment.
Child Protective Services was notified and the child was released to his mother.