A two-year-old boy is OK after locking himself inside a vehicle in Birmingham on Friday morning, authorities said.
Jesslyn Blankenship said she loaded her son August in his car seat, closed the door and as she went around to the driver's side to get in, he hit the lock button.
Blankenship says August is just learning about the buttons in the car and likes to lock and unlock them. But this time, her keys were inside the car.
She called 9-1-1 and within about five minutes, a Birmingham Fire and Rescue crew arrived to the scene on Idlewild Circle.
Firefighters tried to open the door with one tool, but when it didn't work, they were preparing to break the window. The chief then showed up with another tool that helped them wedge the door open.
Blakenship described what it was like to watch her baby in the car for those scary moments.
"I was just thinking how to get him out, trying to talk him into unlocking the door and then when everyone showed up he got scared and wouldn't do it," Blankenship said.
"And they said they were going to break a window and I was like, break the window. I'd rather get him out than leave him locked in there," she said.
The child was inside the vehicle for around 10 to 15 minutes before they got him out.
Paramedics checked the little boy's pulse, blood pressure and head temperature to make sure he was OK. He did not have to be taken to a hospital.
This incident comes two days after an 11-month-old girl died after being left inside a vehicle for several hours in Homewood.
Blankenship said she and her mom talked about the Homewood case, so it was likely on her mind while she was waiting for her son to be rescued.
She said she can't imaging leaving him in the car and was certainly relieved this ended as well as it did.
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