Lubbock Fire Rescue, Lubbock Police and EMS responded to a 9-1-1 call of a girl locked in a car after she was left alone inside without the engine running. The incident occurred at a shopping center at South Loop and University Avenue at about 11:15 a.m. Thursday.
Officials found that 26-year-old Jacklyn Robledo left the child in the vehicle while going into a plasma donation center at Octopharm Plasma. LPD estimated that the child had been alone for about 45 minutes.
LPD said LFR located the child in the back seat of the car and “the child was unable to unlock the doors and appeared to be drenched in sweat.”
LFR unlocked the doors and got the child out of the car and then called for EMS and Lubbock Police to assist with the situation.
Witnesses said the child was around 7 years old. The bystander who first saw the girl said she was lying down in the back seat, and the car was off. Witnesses also said one window was cracked open about an inch wide.
An assistant manager at the plasma donation center was the one to alert the woman that the child was in the car. Witnesses said the woman explained that the girl was “fine.”
Officials confirm Robledo was arrested for abandoning or endangering a child, which is a state jail felony.
LPD said Child Protective Services were also at the scene and as a precaution the child was taken by EMS to a hospital to make sure there were no injuries from the incident.
The outside temperature was 77 degrees at the time.
The investigation is still ongoing according to LPD.