By Kim Glovas and Alexandria Hoff
CAMDEN, NJ (CBS) — A Camden County police officer may have saved an infant’s life today when she rescued the baby from a hot vehicle.
Police Lieutenant Richard Verticelli says it happened outside the CVS and TD Bank at 5th Street and Mickle Boulevard.
Officer Belinda Villegas-Ramos was on security detail when a woman told her a baby was crying inside a locked Jeep.
Verticelli says, “She went up to the jeep and sees an infant inside the vehicle, crying hysterically and sweating profusely.”
The officer broke the window, then a back up officer arrived to finish the job.
Villegas-Ramos took the baby into the air-conditioned bank and tried to cool him off, and then the mother arrived outside.
“We are looking at an infant baby,” said Villegas-Ramos, “We are looking at the surrounding area. One-second, two-seconds, that’s too long.”
She is charged with child endangerment.
The five-month old baby boy is being treated at Cooper Hospital.
Police say that youth services will take over the case.