ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — Local prosecutors are considering charges against a man and a woman who left three very young children inside a locked car at an area restaurant, leaving them alone to endure the heat while they ordered food inside.
It happened Sunday at the Fazoli’s in the 6400 block of Chippewa. Police say other patrons at the eatery called 911 when they saw the children – two 18 month old boys and a 5 month old baby — crying in their car seats and dripping with sweat.
Officers responding to the scene said they though the children looked dehydrated. A check of temperatures pegged the heat index at 113 degrees and likely much hotter inside the vehicle.
Word of the endangered children prompted a strong reaction from one of the city’s leading public safety officials.
“It is just beyond my comprehension that someone in this heat would leave their children in the car while they went inside a restaurant to eat,” said Pam Walker, the St. Louis Health Director.
She applauds the heads-up thinking of those passersby who called police.
“People need to report that when they see it, so we can intervene and we can save those kids’ lives,” Walker said.
The children were treated at a local hospital and released into the care of relatives. Police arrested the man and the woman at the scene.