A 2-year-old girl was left in a locked vehicle in Mountain View Tuesday afternoon as temperatures climbed, police said, forcing rescuers to smash the vehicle's windows to retrieve her. The toddler was unharmed, and her caretaker was arrested following the incident.
The caretaker was later identified by police as Juhee Hong, 24, a Korean national in the United States as part of a Cultural Nanny Exchange program, one of about 130 women in the program. She was due to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Santa Clara County Superior Court in Palo Alto.
According to police spokesperson Liz Wylie, the Mountain View Fire Department received a call at 12:49 p.m. Tuesday that a baby had been left unattended in a vehicle near the Mountain View Library. When rescuers arrived, they found the 2-year-old girl secured in a child seat with all the windows rolled up, sweating profusely.
Firefighters quickly smashed the car's windows to get her out. The girl was then transported to a local emergency room by ambulance.
Police waited at the vehicle for the girl's caretaker to return. When she finally did, nearly half an hour later, she was arrested and booked on charges of felony child endangerment.
The girl was given a clean bill of health, and reunited with her mother at the hospital, Wylie said.
Tuesday's temperatures reached a high of 86 degrees, peaking in mid-afternoon.