California police: Baby sitter left child in 120-degree van for 2 hours to run errands

ALHAMBRA, Calif. -- Police rescued a distressed 6-year-old from a locked van inside which the temperature had climbed well above 100 degrees in Southern California on Tuesday, officials said.

Helen Law

Authorities found the young boy crying and sweating profusely after being tipped off to his presence just before 2:20 p.m. by a concerned passerby, the Alhambra Police Department said in a news release.

The van's doors were locked and the windows rolled up as it sat parked while the child's baby sitter ran errands and ate at a restaurant, police said.

Officers were able to pull the boy from the vehicle, which authorities said had an interior temperature of 120 degrees at the time.

He had allegedly been in the car for two hours.

Paramedics responded and took the child to a hospital for treatment and evaluation, police said.

Alhambra resident Helen Law, 60, identified herself as the boy's baby sitter as officers were searching for his parents.

She was arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment, officials said.

She was being held on $100,000 bail at the Alhambra jail and scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, inmate records show.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident.