Hero 12-Year-Old Bashes in Car's Windshield to Save Toddler in Hot Car
Ben Theriot grabbed a ratchet strap and became pounding on the car's windshield.
When a 12-year-old Oklahoma boy saw a 2-year-old locked in a car on a sweltering day outside a Tulsa shopping center on Tuesday, he didn't hesitate.
After his mom heard the child's cries, Ben Theriot grabbed a ratchet strap and became pounding on the car's windshield. It bent, but didn't break, so Ben climbed on top of the car and started jumping on the glass, which then cracked, he told KOKI-TV.
Using part of a clothes rack from the shopping center, Ben "put the hook into the windshield and pulled it out," he said. "And then I unlocked it.”
The toddler was red-faced, but OK, police said.
His mother was found shopping inside. She told authorities she thought the child was being watched by another adult in the vehicle, though officials said they question that claim as the car was locked with the air off.
Police said the mother won't face charges because the child wasn't injured. They did issue her a $250 ticket under the "Forget Me Not" law.
The 2-year-old went home with his mother, but authorities said there will be further investigation into the incident.
The heat index that day reached 116 degrees, according to police.
Trending on Inside Edition
Ghislaine Maxwell Reps Herself in Court Demanding 'Financial Support' From Epstein Estate After Lawyers QuitCrime
Buster Murdaugh Denies Involvement in Stephen Smith's Death as Smith Family Pursues Independent InvestigationCrime
Baby Born With Congenital Heart Disease on Way to Transplant Surgery Receives Corridor of CheersInspirational
13-Year-Old Charged With First-Degree Murder After Confessing to Suffocating 4-Year-Old Sibling: PoliceCrime
9-Year-Old Survives New York Car Crash That Killed 5 ChildrenNews
Letecia Stauch Murder Case: Suspect Tried to Fake Polygraph, Drove 1500 Miles to Dump Stepson's Body, Cops SayCrime