QUEENS — A family visiting New York from Arizona won’t forget their trip for a long time after their 9-month-old daughter got locked inside their car and had to be rescued by Forest Hills police officers, authorities said.
The baby got trapped in the car parked on 78th Avenue, near Queens Boulevard, on Thursday around 1 p.m., after the mother accidentally locked her key inside, police said.
As temperatures outside hovered in the 40s, she decided to call 911, officials said.
By the time police officers David Pierson and Nick Gericitano of the 112th Precinct got to the scene about 20 minutes later, the girl was crying and appeared to be cold, police said.
The officers were ready to break the car window but as they looked around they spotted a tow truck passing by and flagged it down.
With the help of the truck driver they were able to open the door using the tool called "slim Jim," a thin strip of metal that they slipped between the car's window and the rubber seal to reach the lock.
This little girl was accidentally locked in a vehicle. With the help of a tow truck driver, we got her out safely! pic.twitter.com/IBUBMxJCYE— NYPD 112th Precinct (@NYPD112Pct) February 25, 2016
Sergeant Chris Yuan, who also responded to the scene, tried to get the name of the truck driver, but he'd already taken off, officials said.
The baby is doing fine after the ordeal, police said.