Cass County Social Services has been called in to investigate a case where police had to break in the windows of a car in which a four-year-old child was locked in a shopping center parking lot this morning.
The boy was sleeping and couldn't be roused when police arrived.
Police say an anonymous passerby saw the little boy in the car parked at the !3th Avenue South Fargo WalMart and called police.
They say they managed to find his mother after police broke into the vehicle.
Paramedics checked the child for heat injury on the scene.
Police say thirty-eight kids a year die in cars nationwide due to heat.
"Doesn't appear that she meant any malice by it, just didn't understand that ramifications of leaving a child inside of a car," says Lieutenant Joel Vettel. Vettel, the Fargo police information officer, says children are three to five times more sensitive to hot temperatures than adults, since their bodies don't regulate temperature as well as adults' do.
Police say outdoor temperatures were in the seventies during the time of the incident.
They're working with prosecutors to see whether child neglect charges are appropriate.
The Minnesota House has passed a bill that allows a union drive among home daycare providers and personal care attendants after about 10 hours of debate strung out over more than two days.