NY firefighter rescues child locked in hot car; dad arrested

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NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a firefighter rescued a crying child locked alone in a car on a warm summer day in New York City.

It happened Thursday afternoon at a shopping center in Queens. Firefighter Matthew Clinton says the roughly 4-year-old boy was in a car seat, sweating and crying that it was hot inside.

Clinton obtained a hammer from a bystander and smashed the driver’s side window to get the boy out.

The firefighter says the child was scared but alert and able to stand. The boy was taken to a hospital to be checked out.

When his father returned, he was arrested on reckless endangerment and other charges.

Last month, twin 1-year-olds died after their father left them in a car in the Bronx during his workday.

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