A pediatrician was arrested, injured and humiliated after trying to rescue a newborn, her patient, from a car baking under the hot Nashville sun.
The 8-day-old’s mother accidentally locked her in the car and called 911 for help. Firefighters and police arrived and tried to unlock the car without causing any property damage.
The baby’s pediatrician happened upon the scene during her lunch break. When she learned that the infant had already been in the locked car for 20 minutes she identified herself as the child’s doctor and told firefighters they needed to break a window immediately. The mother also pleaded for rescuers to break the glass.
Firefighters didn’t take action, so the pediatrician ran to her office and retrieved a hammer. When she went to the driver’s side window to break the glass a police officer restrained her and took her down to the pavement, causing her serious injuries that include a separated shoulder.
The pediatrician’s lawsuit against the city is expected to be settled soon.
Much of Nashville was outraged at the incident, sparking the enactment of a new law allowing bystanders to break car windows when a child is locked inside.
Source: WKRN.com, “Doctor Sues After Being Arrested While Saving Baby In Hot Car,” Joseph Pleasant, July 14, 2014