Sheriff’s deputy Antonio Almaraz is fired for leaving his OWN baby in hot car for three hours in searing 90F Texas heat, leaving infant in need of hospital treatment
- Antonio Almaraz, a 31-year-old sheriff’s deputy, was arrested after he locked his two-month-old daughter in car as the outside temperature soared to 90F
- The baby was found unresponsive and remains in critical condition
- Almaraz faced multiple charges after he gave conflicting statements, the sheriff’s office said
A Texas sheriff’s deputy was fired after he left his own two-month-old infant in a car for three hours as it was 90F outside on Monday.
Antonio Almaraz, 31, was arrested on charges of injury to a child, endangering a child and abandoning a child, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said.
The sheriff’s office said Almaraz took his baby to a routine pediatrics appointment at 9am Monday.
After he returned at around 10am, he left his baby inside the vehicle and went back home himself as the outside temperature soared to 90F.
An ambulance arrived at Almaraz’s home in the 5000 block of Mansions Bluff at 1.07pm – three hours after the baby had been trapped inside the car.
Antonio Almaraz(pictured), a 31-year-old sheriff’s deputy, was arrested after he locked his two-month-old daughter in car as the outside temperature soared to 90F
The sheriff’s office said Almaraz took his baby to a routine pediatrics appointment at 9am Monday. When he returned home, he went inside but left the newborn in the car
The two-month-old was found unresponsive. She was rushed to Methodist Hospital, where she still remains in critical condition, the sheriff’s office said.
Almaraz gave contradictory narratives about the incident when the sheriff’s office investigated the case and he was arrested.
His bail has been set at $80,000.
The incident led to his termination as a probationary deputy.
The sheriff’s office also confirmed Almaraz will not be able to appeal his dismissal or seek reemployment no matter the outcome of the criminal case.
‘Given the amount of awareness in the community regarding leaving children unattended in vehicles, there is absolutely no valid excuse for this to have occurred,’ Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said.
‘My family and I are praying for the best possibly outcome for this precious baby.’
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated the inside of a vehicle can jump 20 degrees in ten minutes.
The temperature inside the car could reach as high as 137F when the baby was found, according to a temperature calculator. A child’s body temperature rises three to five times faster than an adult, which can lead to heat stroke and death.
An ambulance arrived at Almaraz’s home in the 5000 block of Mansions Bluff at 1.07pm – three hours after the baby had been trapped inside the car
The incident led to Almaraz’s firing from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office
Being trapped in a car during Texas’ recent extreme weather is a life-threatening situation.
Last week, Texas firefighters saved a 10-month-old baby trapped inside a car in 107F heat within just four minutes after its mother accidentally locked her keys inside.
After a minute of unsuccessful attempt to unlock the car, the firefighters decided to break the backdoor window.
The baby got out safe and unharmed after being locked in for four minutes.
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