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Johnston County child found in hot car

A 3-year-old boy was in stable condition after spending 40 minutes in a hot car Tuesday afternoon, the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said.

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FOUR OAKS, N.C. — 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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