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CPS worker accidentally locks child in hot vehicle

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The window of the car was smashed open to rescue the child locked inside. (KRIS) The window of the car was smashed open to rescue the child locked inside. (KRIS)

Terrifying moments for a toddler accidentally locked in a hot car by a Child Protective Services worker.

The employee placed the child in the car and accidentally dropped the car keys inside.

When she realized what she did, she ran into the building,  and grabbed a police detective who works in that office.

The officer broke the window and pulled the child out.  The temperature outside the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services office on Greenwood Drive was 95 degrees at the time.

Paramedics treated the boy who was sweaty and had a temperature of nearly 100 degrees. He was placed him in an air conditioned unit and given water.

"The child is fine. We turned him back over. As soon as we arrived, we were able to cool him down. He responded just fine. He was drinking water out of a bottle and he was doing great," said Captain Jeff Durrwachter of the Corpus Christi Fire Department.

It is important to be careful with children during these extreme temperatures.

"Within a short period of time, a locked vehicle can easily get over 100 degrees and children unfortunately are not made to deal with the environment as much as an adult is. So, they can overheat very quickly. We were told that it was about 5 minutes that this child was in the vehicle. Even in 5 minutes, his temperature was getting close to 100 degrees internally. 01:18:50:00 So, you just have to be very, very careful anytime you go anywhere and not accidentally lock a child in a car," Captain Durrwachter said.

The 18-month-old boy was returned back to the custody of CPS after being treated. There's no word of the CPS employee will be reprimanded.

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