– 53-year-old Steve Eckel noticed the crying baby in a car with about 50 degrees inside
– He grabbed a sledgehammer from his car and smashed open a window
– Later police arrested baby’s mother who returned only after 40 minutes
Officials report that a retired sergeant Steve Eckel saw the four-month-old girl crying and sweating alone inside the vehicle in Howell, which was locked with its windows closed.
The weather was hot enough, and Eckel says the interior of the car was even hotter: “Well about 50 degrees, just think of what could have happened.”
Eckel broke the front passenger window using a sledgehammer he had in his trunk, and Mazzone carried the infant into an air-conditioned store.
Police charged 33-year-old Karen Gruen, who left her baby in the vehicle for about 40 minutes, with child endangerment.
“I do believe in guardian angels, and I think I'm the one for this child,” Eckel told CBS. “She was sweating, crying, eyes rolling back.”