Father arrested after leaving baby in hot car

Baby in car

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH)–Temperaures climbed, and the sun beat down as police said one baby was left in a car with just a cracked window at a ShopRite in New London.

Police in New London said that at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon, an anonymous caller dialed 9-1-1. Detectives got on the scene while the car temperature soared to more than 130 degrees.

Police said the car was unlocked. The baby, alert and breathing, was rushed to the hospital.

“That’s horrible. I would never leave my child outside in the hot weather at that,” said ShopRite customer Jaclyn Bright.

“It’s really not that hard to carry her inside take the car seat with you, put it on the buggy. It’s not that hard,” said Joinesha Cash, another customer.

Police arrested the father, Groton’s 33-year old Brian Pavao. He’s being charged with risk of injury to a child.

“He should feel fortunate that did happen and horrible at the same time because that could have went left very quickly,” Bright said.

“I’m pretty sure that if a child was unattended in the car that no questions asked I would look I would call 911 and then I would break the window,” said Scott Temple of Branford.

Both moms agreed, saving a few minutes on your way to the store is definitely not worth what could have happened.

“That’s stupid. You need to think a little more before leaving a baby in a car,” Cash said.

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