An Alabama man was arrested after his six-year-old daughter had to be rescued from his locked and very hot car after the man passed out in the driver’s seat.
49-year-old Robert Bryant Corbett has been charged with public intoxication and endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors.
Two women stopped after seeing him slumped over the wheel in the middle of the road at roughly 4:45 p.m. this past Monday.
That’s when Syneathia James and Belinda Stoves found his young daughter in the backseat and got a nearby woman to call 911.
“I said, ‘If they’re not here in a few minutes, I’m going to break the window,'” Ms. James told a local newspaper.
“So I went to the back of my van and got my hammer. I wasn’t going to let this baby die.”
They tried banging on the window, but Mr. Corbett wouldn’t even budge, much less wake up. They tried to get the girl to unlock the doors, all of which were locked, but she seemed too scared to even respond.
“He was sweating like a dog. She was red,” Ms. James said. “It was hot as hell in that car.”
She says he didn’t even wake up when firefighters were forced to smash the passenger’s side window to rescue his daughter.
He finally awoke when he and his daughter were being pulled from the car. He was placed on the curb while the girl was taken to a rescue truck to be looked over by paramedics.
He told the cops he’d taken two doses of Suboxone, a medicine for opiate addiction, and claims he was driving to the doctor.
Investigators have since revealed that alcohol was involved.
The man’s wife was called and his daughter was turned over to relatives.