Mum saves stranger's baby by smashing car windshield

Angela Radkte: "I felt like it was worth the risk."
Angela Radkte: "I felt like it was worth the risk." Photo: wfaa.com

A woman is being hailed a hero after breaking a car windshield to get to a baby locked inside a hot vehicle in Texas on Monday.

Security guards had noticed the nine-month-old sitting in the car in a supermarket's car park in San Antonio, but told Angela Radtke they were waiting for the parent to return to the vehicle.

The Chrysler with its smashed windshield.
The Chrysler with its smashed windshield. 

But the retired Army captain and mum of three knew the car would be heating up to dangerous temperatures, and that she had to act fast.

"I felt like some people were kind of scared, they didn't want to be liable, because the security guard was yelling that I could possibly be arrested for breaking the window," she told KENS-5 news.

She then told bystanders, "I don't care if I get arrested, I'm going to save this baby."

Radtke broke the glass with a tire iron and reached in to unlock the door and get to the child, scratching her arms and back in the process.

The baby was already affected by the heat –  security footage later showed that he had been in the car for 40 minutes when Radtke acted.

"He was running a temperature, so he was really hot. The baby was red and looked uncomfortable," she said.

The child was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for dehydration.

The baby's father had been shopping in the supermarket with his 12-year-old daughter at the time. He had not heard repeated requests over the loudspeaker to return to the vehicle, he told police.

He also admitted that he had forgotten the baby was in the vehicle.

The father was arrested and charged with child endangerment, and the baby was placed in the care of child protective services while the case was under investigation.

Radtke wasn't charged as she had been covered by "Good Samaritan" laws.

"I felt like it was worth the risk," she said.

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