A baby boy left trapped in a rapidly heating locked car in Marysville was rescued by firefighters on Monday afternoon.
Firefighters and police were called to the 1700 block of Ellis Lake Drive at 12:40 p.m., responding to a report of a baby locked in a car.
Before the mother exited the car, the air conditioning had been set at 62 degrees, but in the time it took for rescue personnel to arrive at 12:45 p.m. and use tools to unlock the door, the temperature inside the vehicle had already risen to 84 degrees.
The boy was warm and sweating, but safe, when he was removed.
Marysville firefighter Brad Hudson said the department is called for children trapped in cars about a half dozen times a year, and it happens for a variety of reasons.
"More often than not, it's toddlers who are climbing around and they lock themselves in and they can't get themselves out," Hudson said.
In this case, the mother had been riding in the passenger seat, with her son in a car seat in the back as her boyfriend drove to their apartment. She closed the passenger door after her boyfriend left the area in another vehicle.
After the door was closed, she realized all of the doors were locked and her boyfriend was gone with the keys. She found a neighbor, who called 911.
So far this year, at least 10 children have died in the United States from heatstroke, after being left in cars, according to Jan Null, a San Jose State University meteorologist who tracks news stories of the incidents and shares data regarding temperature increases in vehicles.
Null's research and can be found at noheatstroke.org.