The cries of a baby in distress got the attention of shoppers at a South Carolina Walmart Wednesday.
She was alone, locked away in a hot minivan.
A quick thinking store manager broke down the window and rescued the 6-month-old baby, who was soaked in sweat. The infant was taken to the hospital.
Her parents, Cordarius Gray and Laquetta Mallory were taken to jail, charged with child neglect.
Just this week, safety advocates and families across the country called for laws to require all new passenger vehicles to be equipped with a child safety alert system.
"The horror I and my family encounter at the thought of Bishop being buckled in his car seat, crying relentlessly, sweating profusely, seizing uncontrollably and extending his little arms for help with no one to attend to him at times it is simply too much to bear for any human,” said Dr. Norman Collins, who lost his grandson to heatstroke.
The risk of heatstroke is rising across the Carolinas as a heat wave moves in this weekend into next.
“Not only is going to be in 90s, we’re going to have humidity on top which is going to make it feel like a 100 degrees,” NBC Charlotte Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich explained.
According to kidsandcars.org, 11 kids have died from heatstroke since beginning of 2017. Heatstroke takes the lives of an average 37 kids each year.
And parents should know, even on cooler days, it is not safe to leave your kids behind.
“You can’t leave your kids or pets in the car for 5 or 10 minutes because in that time span the temperature can jump 20 to 30 degrees,” Panovich said.
There are safety apps to keep your children safe.
The Precious Cargo app was designed by a dad right here in North Carolina, and reminds the driver there’s precious cargo once your engine stops.
The Kars4kids safety app, uses an alarm to alert you of your child whenever you and your phone exit your vehicle.
And the device “Sense A Life”, will send the driver an app alert and a message over the cars speaker reminding them of their child as they exit.