A woman in China refused to smash the window of her BMW to rescue her trapped toddler son from the stifling heat – because she didn’t want to damage the luxury car.
Large crowds gathered around the vehicle after hearing the cries of the helpless three-year-old infant inside the vehicle in Yiwu, Zhejiang province, where temperatures have recently been around 32C.
The boy was clawing at the car window but the mother was stood next to the vehicle doing nothing to help, reports CCTV.
Passers-by and even firefighters urged her to let them break the window and save the boy, but she insisted on waiting for a locksmith to arrive and unlock the door, a witness said.
But when the boy began to deteriorate, the firefighters ignored the mother and smashed the window to rescue the youngster.
“It is very dangerous to leave kids inside car, especially in such heat. The temperature inside the car can soar in very short time and threaten the child’s life,” Zhejiang Online quoted a firefighter as saying.
Chinese social media users are furious with the woman’s actions.”Looks like the car window is her real son,” wrote @Wangtengke_Scott
Another added: “It’s the mother that should get hit.”