Man jeered as cop rescues tot from locked, sweltering car

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DALE CARRUTHERS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:13 PM ET

Angry onlookers hurled catcalls at a man as he was arrested and accused of leaving a toddler inside a sweltering car in the parking lot of a mall.

An ugly scene started after police arrived at White Oaks Mall when someone reported a baby alone in a locked vehicle about 4 p.m. Saturday, said witness Bob Neilly, 57.

He was part a small crowd that gathered around a parked car, in which a boy was locked with the windows rolled up.

Neilly said a police cruiser with sirens and flashing lights raced into the parking lot and a quick-thinking officer smashed the passenger window with his baton then unlocked the doors.

A second officer plucked the 14-month-old from the back seat on the driver's side.

"The kid looked very pale. He was just soaking wet with sweat, like his hair was all matted down," Neilly said. "He looked a little despondent."

Soon afterwards, four people -- a man, an older woman and two children -- approached the car, Neilly said. Police s


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