A mother is behind bars after leaving her baby girl inside a hot car at a busy shopping center in Mission.
Both police and firefighters were called to the parking lot of the HEB Plus! off Expressway 83 and Shary Road around 2:50 p.m. Thursday.
Mission Police Cpl. Manuel Casas said a passerby saw the child inside the SUV and notified the store TMs manager.
A police officer broke a window and rescued the 1-year-old girl from a car seat inside a locked SUV.
Cpl. Casas said the baby TMs mother came out of the supermarket with a shopping cart full of groceries.
According to police, the baby girl TMs mother was shocked when she realized why police were at her SUV and claimed she didn TMt know the child was inside.
Paramedics rushed the child to a local hospital for treatment and evaluation.
Officers arrested the baby TMs mother under a child endangerment and notified the girl TMs father about what happened.
The mother, who is only being identified as a Mission resident for now, is expected to face a judge on Friday.
With temperatures in the 90s this afternoon, Cpl. Casas said the child could have been inside the SUV from 20 to 40 minutes or even longer.
That baby could TMve died, Cpl. Casas.