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Officials: Firefighter smashes car window to rescue child in hot carPosted: Updated:
A New Rochelle father is accused of leaving his 4-year-old child in a hot car.
A firefighter rescued the young boy in the College Point section of Queens around 4:30 p.m. yesterday.
The firefighter said on social media that the child was clearly sweaty and could be heard screaming that it was hot. That's when a firefighter smashed the driver's side window and got the boy out.
Police say the 4-year-old was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
His father, 42-year-old Geremie Ram, came back to the car and was arrested. Police say Ram said he was making a return at Target and that he didn’t leave him alone for more than 15 minutes.
News 12 went to Ram’s home this morning but no one answered. Neighbors who spoke News 12 today describe the family as quiet and nice.
One man commented though that there’s no excuse for leaving a child in a car unattended. “I think it’s just irresponsible. I mean I’ve got kids myself, they’re grown now, but even if you’ve got to run an errand, just take the kids with you and so it’s inexcusable,” says Kevin Thomas, of New Rochelle.
Ram is charged with reckless endangerment, acting in a manner injurious to a child, and also criminal possession of a controlled substance. Police say he had Xanax on him at the time.
This rescue comes less than two weeks after a New City father left his 1-year-old twins in a hot car for hours while he went to work in the Bronx. Those children died.