Two young children were rescued from a hot car in La Mesa Thursday after witnesses got one of them to unlock the vehicle.
Firefighters responded around 12:30 p.m. to the parking lot of 5500 Grossmont Center Drive after getting a report that the children—one 4 years old and the other 9 months old—were locked inside the car, said Sonny Saghera of Heartland Fire & Rescue.
"The vehicle was not running and there was no adult supervision nearby," he said.
Bystanders got the older child to unlock the vehicle before rescue crews arrived, Saghera said.
"The mother of the children arrived at the car and stated she had been gone for only five minutes," he said.
Paramedics examined the children and released them to the custody of their father, Saghera said.
It was unclear if the children's mother was arrested.
—City News Service