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Vita Abramenkova / WTSP

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. -- A firefighter and his wife helped rescue a 19-month-old girl who was left in a hot car for 40 minutes Tuesday while the child's mother was shopping at a Target.

The car's air conditioning was running, but police said that doesn't matter. Vita Abramenkova, 35, of Clearwater was charged with child neglect.

A firefighter and his wife saw the child in the car in the Target parking lot.

"I noticed a car parked down where we were," said the firefighter, who didn't want to be identified. "My wife noticed it running and she looked closer and saw some feet kicking and then heard crying. I got on the phone with 911."

Minutes later, Abramenkova returned to the car.

Pediatrician Cynthia Wood White says many adults don't realize that children's bodies don't handle the heat the same way adults do.

"You start sweating and the child starts sweating, they'll get dehydrated before you do," White said.



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