Angela Radtke, of San Antionio, Texas, was in a H-E-B parking lot when she saw a one-year-old baby locked in a parked car, KENS 5 reported.
Radtke didn’t know how long the baby had been in the vehicle or to whom the child belonged; she just knew the car was hot and the child’s life was in danger.
Intent on saving the infant’s life, Radtke grabbed a tire iron and smashed through the car’s front windshield without hesitation. She unlocked the door, cutting her own arms as she reached through the broken glass.
To Radtke, it was obvious to take whatever means necessary to save a life, but witnesses and security personnel chose to stand by and warn her that her actions could get her arrested.
“I don’t care if I get arrested, I’m going to save this baby,” she said, according to the report. She said others seemed scared to take action, but that it was worth the risk.
Parking lot surveillance showed the baby was in the car for at least 40 minutes prior to being discovered. When she removed the child, she said he was hot to the touch and his skin was red.
According to police, the father was inside the store shopping with another child and said he forgot the baby was in the car.
Police have explained the child was treated for dehydration in the hospital and will be placed in protective custody. The father has been charged with child endangerment.
As for Radtke, thanks to a Texas “good Samaritan” law, she was free to go shortly after police questioning.