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VIDEO: Bergen County Sheriff’s officers rescue girl, 2, left in hot car in Hackensack Costco lot

Photo Credit: Rafael Rodriguez II
Photo Credit: Rafael Rodriguez II

SHOUT OUT: A Bergen County Sheriff’s officer smashed open a minivan window to free a crying, sweating 2-year-old girl left by her mother in the parking lot of the Hackensack Costco this afternoon, in a rescue captured on cellphone video by a Palisades Park couple.

Officer Rich Carrion ( above, left ) found the youngster in a car seat, “crying and profusely sweating without adult supervision” in the mid-80s heat this after being alerted by a store manager, the sheriff’s Anthony Cureton told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

Video shot by Arislyeda Pena shows a crowd gathering as her fiance, Rafael Rodriguez II of Palisades Park, tries to reach through a narrow opening in a back window just before 1 p.m.

“I heard the baby crying and saw people just standing around, so I tried to force the window down so I could get my arm through to open the door,” Rodriguez told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . “But it didn’t budge.”

Carrion arrives seconds later and smashes the window on the other side with his baton.


BCSO Sonya Bekier ( photos ) then climbs into the Toyota Sienna and scoops up the crying child.

A full minute later, the mother comes upon the scene pushing a shopping cart with another young girl and various items inside.

Identified as Chaeyoung Lim-Kim, she was taken to Hackensack police headquarters, charged with child endangerment and released on a court summons, Cureton said.

BCSO Officer Sonya Bekier (COURTESY: Rafael Rodriguez II)

The girl was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center and both she and her sister were released to her biological father, he told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

State child welfare authorities were contacted, he said.

“All four windows were open about an inch and a half, so she obviously knew what she was doing,” said Rodriguez, who’s operates an entertainment business in the Bronx. “It wasn’t like she had a lot on her mind and left her in the car.

“I don’t care if the windows were open a little bit. It was hot out,” he told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . She had a cart full of groceries when she came out.

“You don’t leave a child like that.”

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