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Choose: your Audi's window or your kid burning up inside it?

I posted a couple of weeks ago about the insane stories of a child-locked-in-the-hot-car (here and here), and as this summer is one of the hottest on record, we were certain to see more tragic cases. This one is completely over the top, not only because this Connecticut woman locked her child in the steaming car, but she didn’t want the emergency workers to break the glass of her precious Audi to save the kid.

A Stamford woman was arrested yesterday after she accidentally locked her 23-month-old son in her steaming hot Audi, then refused to let emergency workers break the window to free him. Susan Guita Silverstein, 42, of 124 Fieldstone Road, was charged with reckless endangerment and risk of injury to a minor.

Her son, who police said was “nonresponsive” when he was removed, spent more than 20 minutes in the car before the window was smashed open. “As soon as they told me the air conditioning was not on, that’s when I told them to break the window,” said Capt. Susan Bretthauer, who ordered the command over the radio.

Silverstein went to the HomeGoods store on High Ridge Road to shop and inadvertently locked her keys in the car with the child in the back seat, Sgt. Robert Shawinsky said. Silverstein called 911 at 1:03 p.m. and the dispatcher advised her to break the window because it was so hot, Shawinsky said. Silverstein refused and requested assistance, he said.

Police and firefighters arrived to find the toddler locked in the back seat of her silver Audi A4, which was parked near the side of the building. Silverstein asked firefighters not to break the window of the Audi, so they tried to use a lock kit, but it didn’t work, Shawinsky said. Silverstein continued telling firefighters she did not want them to break the window, according to police reports. She then told them to stop and that she would go home to get a spare set of keys, police said.

…While Silverstein was gone, Bretthauer said she learned that the child had been in the car more than 15 minutes, so she ordered emergency workers to break the window. Firefighters broke open the front driver’s-side window and removed the boy….When she returned to the parking lot with the keys, Silverstein was handcuffed and placed in the back of a police cruiser.

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