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Johnston County child found in hot car

Posted August 5, 2008
Updated August 6, 2008

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— Emergency crews took a 3-year-old boy to a hospital Tuesday afternoon after he spent 40 minutes in a hot car, the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said.

Adrian Garcia got inside a car that was parked outside his house at 95 Webb Mill Road in Four Oaks. He was unable to get out of the car, as temperatures reached the high 90s.

"Somehow he got back in the car, and maybe one of the other little girls shut the car and he couldn't open the door,” aunt Maria Valadez said.

Valadez said she found the boy motionless in the car when she showed up for a visit. He was "black and red, sweating (and) wet. He was all wet. His eyes were closed,” she said.

Valadez said her nephew was in and out of consciousness, and 911 was called at 3:40 p.m.

"When it is a child, it is a whole different caliber,” paramedic Lisa Langston said.

Adrian’s mother said she didn’t know the boy was inside the car.

"Mom was crying on the floor with him,” Langston said.

If Adrian had been trapped in the car for much longer, Langston said, he could have died.

"Double-check that car, you know. And once you are 100 percent sure everyone is out, keep it locked so they can't get back in it,” she said.

Emergency crews took Adrian to Johnston County Memorial Hospital and later moved him to WakeMed's pediatric unit. He was discharged Wednesday.

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  • oldschooltarheel Aug 6, 2008

    Sounds like there were enough little kids milling around so that they lost track of him for a while. Big surprise there.

  • Tired of your excuses Aug 6, 2008

    Absolutely inexcusable!

  • mom-of-3 Aug 6, 2008

    Surely no parent think something like this would happen, but unfortunately things do happen. You could possibly be caring for a child while thinking the other is sound asleep and something like this happens. Lighten up... Just grateful the little boy is o.k.

  • FromClayton Aug 6, 2008

    charge her with neglect or endagerment or something.... No excuse for this.

  • wildatheart99 Aug 6, 2008

    Lets stop being so careless. Parents should always know where there kids are, from birth to 18. My mother always did and im a mother myself and I don’t let my baby (5yrs. old) out my sight. It's hard but in order for our kids to live to see another day WE MUST DO THIS FOR THEM, THEY DESERVE IT!

  • The DA Aug 6, 2008

    It can happen to the best parents, but the fact that 40 minutes passed is quite ridiculous.
    mom of two- lighten up. The 9yo needs some freedom. Don't make him a mama's boy

  • Adelinthe Aug 6, 2008

    "Maybe the mother has more children than she can watch."

    Then you keep them together, and under your eyes.

    I had 5, all under the age of 4, and they were always right there where I could see them.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Aug 6, 2008

    How can someone not look for their child for 40 minutes???

    Boggles my mind. Mine made so much noise that if one suddenly got quiet, it was noticeable enough to get your attention right away.

    Someone wasn't watching.

    Praying for this wee one.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Gramps Aug 6, 2008

    My wife and I always knew where our children were.

  • 3potato4 Aug 6, 2008

    Thank goodness he was found before it was too late! And, I'll probably get slammed for being judgemental but, shame on mom for not watching her child any better.

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