Newly released video footage shows Ohio police officers springing into action on Aug. 13 to rescue a two-month-old baby who was accidentally locked in her mother’s car.
Officers with the Euclid Police Department arrived at a parking lot where several individuals were surrounding a car that was locked with the infant inside. Upon arriving, someone informed the officers the baby was already sweating. One officer attempted to unlock the doors but was unsuccessful.
“I’m not doing this all day with a baby in the car,” he says before radioing the fire department. “Just so you know we’re going to bust out this window. The baby’s been in here too long. It’s sweating.”
Another officer can then be seen smashing in the window before unlocking the doors. The baby, later identified by Fox 8 by her first name Sanaiya, was immediately removed from the car. An officer placed an iced water bottle on the baby’s head and neck in an attempt to cool her down.
The temperature was 85 degrees outside and the vehicle was around 104 degrees, according to Fox 8.
Cpt. Mitch Houser told Fox 8 his officers reacted swiftly because heat stroke and or suffocation could happen in minutes. “Anytime we know there’s a defenseless infant inside of a car soon to be fighting for her life if we don’t get her out, that’s going to amp somebody up.”
Sanaiya’s mother, only identified as Nicki, said the whole incident unfolded so fast, according to Fox 8. “I closed the door and broke down the stroller, and I realized my keys were on the seat,” Nicki said, noting her automatic locks immediately engaged. “I started panicking. [Sanaiya] started sweating instantly, because it was hot outside and I knew I had to think fast.” (RELATED: A Police Woman Left Her Baby In The Car For A Booty Call With Her Supervisor. Now, She’s Pleaded Guilty To Manslaughter)
Since 1998, 896 children have died from heatstroke in cars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). At least 11 children have died in 2021, according to the NHTSA.