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LPD: Lubbock mother arrested, faces charges after child left in hot car

Jacklyn Robledo, 26 (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center) Jacklyn Robledo, 26 (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center)

A Lubbock woman has been arrested and is facing charges of abandoning or endangering a child, which is a state jail felony.

Around 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, Lubbock Fire and Rescue (LFR) responded to a call of a child locked inside a parked car at OctaPharma Plasma at 7006 University Avenue.

Rescue crews found a child in the back seat of a car. Police say the child was unable to unlock the doors and appeared to be drenched in sweat. Once LFR was able to remove the child, they called EMS.

The mother of the child, 26-year-old Jacklyn Robledo, had been inside OctaPharma Plasma while the child was left in the car without the engine running, according to police. Robledo told them she had been inside the business for about 45 minutes.

Robledo was arrested and booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center. Child Protective Services also responded to the scene to take custody of the child. As a precaution, the child was transported to the hospital to make sure there were no injuries.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Lubbock Fire and Rescue tells us today’s incident is the 25th time firefighters have responded to a call for a child left in the car since June 1st.

Of course with the summer heat, that creates a more dangerous situation.

Captain Kevin Ivy with LFR says when they are called to rescue a child from a car, they have several considerations to make before deciding what they need to do, and how to take the least destructive method while still saving the child.

In today’s case, the car was not running.

“If it’s a warm day and all of the windows are rolled up, car is not running, we look in there and the child that is in there is actively sweating and breathing hard, look like they are in some kind of distress then we will try to get into the car one way or the other. Either we have some equipment we use to get into the car. Some of the newer cars are smart cars I guess you could say and once they feel that you’re tampering with it they actually lock the doors so you can’t open it. So at that point we’ll just bust the window," Ivy said. 

Ivy says they always call a commercial unlocking company to assist if needed, but says LFR has its own unlocking kits.

He says it only takes about 20 minutes for the temperature to rise to unsafe levels.

“If the windows are rolled up on a hot day, it’ll be about 20 degrees hotter inside the car than it is outside. So if it’s 80 degrees outside then it’s about 110 on the inside," he said. 

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