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Police smash way into hot van to rescue screaming child

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HACKENSACK, NJ (CNN) -

An intense rescue on a hot summer day has a mother in hot water.

Police in Hackensack, NJ smashed their way into a van to rescue a screaming child.

The dramatic scene was caught on video along with the aftermath where officers confronted the mother.

When officers took the young girl out, she was drenched in sweat. They said it was 80 degrees inside the vehicle.

Police ran the vehicle’s license plates in an attempt to find her parents. Less than a minute later, however, the girl’s mother, Chaeyoung Lim-Kim, arrived.

“Is this your kid?” one officer asked.

“Sorry,” Chaeyoung said.

“No sorry,” the officer responded. “She could have died. I’ll hold her.”

One onlooker saw it all unfold and said he couldn’t imagine why the mother thought it was ok.

“I believe that this is not the first time she’s done this,” said Rafael Rodriguez. “Because she took the other child with her who was maybe 4 or 5 years old. And the fact that she left the four windows cracked open, she knew what she was doing. This time she got caught.”

The toddler was treated and released at Hackensack University Medical Center and released into the custody of her father.

The mother, Chaeyoung, was arrested and charged with child endangerment.

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