ROCHESTER, NY (WHAM/CNN) – A teenage girl in Rochester says she helped rescue a young boy locked in a hot car while his mother was working.
“He said thank you and he waved to me — sorry, it makes me cry — it’s really sad,” ‘Mack said.
It was close to 80-degrees that afternoon. It was hot.
But parked out in the sun, temperatures inside this car could have reached between 120 and 130 degrees.
It was where a little boy was left alone, without water for more than two hours.
“No drinks or food. He could have ended up dying,” Mack said.
Mack says she almost didn’t see him. The four-year-old’s head barely reached the top of the steering wheel.
“So I looked over and I rolled down my window and I asked him are you okay and he said no,” Mack remembers.
The teenager got out and walked over to the car, tucked in the back corner of the lot.
“So then I asked him again are you okay and he said ‘no, I’m not okay,'” Mack said.
Mack says the boy was lethargic. Soaked in sweat, he sat in the driver’s seat too scared to get out of the car.
“He was a little boy. He was hot and sweaty [and] by himself. He was tired, obviously,” Mack said,
She took one look at him and called 9-1-1.
“I said where is your mom and he pointed at T.G.I. Friday’s and said she was working,” Mack said.
A hostess at the restaurant, Thelma Edwards didn’t come outside until police arrived.
Through the one cracked window, Mack asked the child if anyone had been out to check on him.
“He said ‘no, I’ve been by myself’ and then that’s when he said ‘I’ve been in here since about 4’ and that’s when I looked at my phone and I was like it’s 6:30 he’s been in here for 2 and half hours by himself,” Mack said.
According to police, Edwards said she had no one to watch the boy.
She was arrested and Child Protective Services took custody of the little boy.
“It makes me happy to know that he is actually protected now and that his mother can’t harm him and that he is safe and in good hands,” Mack said.