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Video: Teen Tells Woman Off About Leaving Her Baby In Parked Car

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The car where the baby was left (via Facebook)
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A man confronted a woman on camera after he says he found her baby son left unattended in a parked car, and now the police are taking notice after the video went viral.

Carl Paz noticed the baby in the car with the windows rolled up and engine off in a Torrance parking lot on Monday. He then went into a nearby Sprint store where he found and confronted the child's mother. In the video, the 19-year-old Paz asks the woman why she left the baby outside in the heat, where temperatures were around 80 degrees according to CBS LA. But the woman defiantly disputes that it was not hot outside—even asking a store employee to check the temperature—and explains that she could see the child through the window of the store. "If you have a concern, you can call the cops," the woman tells Paz, adding "I don't know who you think you are to tell me..."

Finding the woman to be defensive, Paz appeals to the store employee. But instead the employee sides with the mother and asks Paz to exit the store for using profanity as he implores the mother. Paz continues to insist that the mother should check on the baby—who he says he heard crying, which she disputes—until she finally exits the store. She then takes the child out of the car, and returns to the store to continue to argue with Paz, until he agrees to leave the store at the request of the employee.

The video, which does indeed contain profanity, can be seen in full here:

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Walk by a Sprint Retail store and spot a baby, alone in a car, while its 82 degrees outside. No shade, no A/C...nothing. And the mother has the nerve to have this attitude. No concern for her child's well being until attention is called towards it. I wanna make this somewhat viral, to spread awareness. If you see something, say something. This ISNT right. Share this if youd like. P.S. sorry for the shitty angle, im six foot five lol#badparenting #stupid

Posted by Carl Paz on Monday, August 3, 2015

The video of the encounter, which Paz first posted to his Facebook page, has reached over 300,000 views, and attracted the attention of the Torrance police. Police explained to CBS LA, that it is illegal to leave a child alone in a car regardless of the circumstance or the temperature outside. The woman, who was contacted by CBS LA, said she has retained attorney, but still maintains that there was nothing unsafe about her decision.

An average of 38 children die in overheated cars every year in the United States, according to national organization KidsandCars.org. A report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that cars parked in direct sunlight can reach internal temperatures up to 131° F to 172° F, and within the first 10 minutes, an enclosed vehicle will rise an average of 19 degrees, potentially reaching life-threatening temperatures.