Shoppers at a strip mall in Katy, Texas, rushed to a parked jeep when they heard the cries of two children coming from inside. Local news outlet KHOU reports that inside the hot vehicle, a young boy and girl were waiting for their mother to finish getting her haircut inside a nearby salon.
The incident, which was captured in a video you can watch above, ends when a man uses a hammer to smash the car’s rear window to unlock a door and free the children. KHOU reports that soon after the children were free, the mother emerged from the store to persuade the crowd not to call the police, telling them she had made a “terrible mistake.”
The harrowing events took place Monday, July 14, as temperatures reached 98 degrees. Luckily, the children were unhurt.