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group of shoppers at a Texas strip mall smashed through a hot car's windows Monday to pull out two screaming children locked in by their mother, who was getting a haircut.
Video taken at the scene shows a group of men and women so desperate to get out the little boy and girl that one man took a hammer to the black Jeep's window as temperatures in the Houston suburb of Katy reached up to 98 degrees
Security video from a Postal+ store in Katy, Tex., reportedly showed the mother shopping at the store before her children became locked in the car.
Two Texas children freed from a hot car by a window-smashing bystander were accidentally locked in the car by their mother, not left behind while she got a haircut, witnesses and the mother now say.
Shopkeepers in the Houston-area strip mall say the unidentified mother was shopping at a postal store with her two children before the Monday afternoon incident, local KHOU-TV reported.
Surveillance video from inside the Postal+ store in Katy showed the mom and her two tykes inside the store at around 5:30 p.m.
"When she finished, she went outside and was putting her kids in the car like normal," Heidy Lopez, a worker at the store, told the station.
"When she was finished putting them in the car seat, I guess that's when it locked and that's when everything happened."
The mother, who has not been identified, told KHOU-TV she accidentally locked herself out of the car.
Surveillance video showed the woman walking into the store moments later without the children and using a phone.
The mom told KHOU-TV she was calling her insurance company for help, but they told her it would take two hours for someone to come and jimmy the lock.
That's when she asked a bystander to smash the window open, she said.
Lopez said the kids were in the car for around five minutes.
"They were OK," Lopez said. "She seemed happy and relieved. She came inside because she wanted to calm down after everything that happened."