South Bend Police rescue baby from hot car at Ireland Road strip mall


South Bend Police rescued a baby left in a hot car.

The discovery was made around 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 26 at the Ross Dress For Less store on Ireland Road in South Bend, according to WSBT.

A police dispatcher said officers were alerted by a good samaritan who called 911 after seeing the baby unattended in the vehicle, Fox 28 reported.

Officers were able to get in to the locked car.

The infant was heard crying as medics checked it out and took it to the hospital, WSBT reported.

The baby’s mother, Heather Hudson, 34, of North Liberty, told police she was shopping with her older daughter and forgot the baby was in the car, Fox 28 reported.

She was arrested on preliminary charges of child abuse and neglect.

The outside air temperature was around 85 degrees at the time.


  1. I typically have my radio set to your station until this morning. Was listing to the morning broadcast when McGill asked a South Bend officer for tips on how not to forget your baby in the back seat of a car on a hot day. Duh…. I am not sure what your target radio audience is, but I am going to go out on a limb and say the people who need this advice are not listeners. Anyone with a brain bigger than a pea does not make this mistake. Like your station for news but just couldn’t deal with what amounts to an insult and waste of time. Had to make the tough choice and change the station. I will stick with Casey in the afternoon and say goodbye to McGill.

    • Hi Jim, thanks for the comment. People forgetting babies in a car is a common mistake that anyone can make and that many people do make. It’s very possible that the information we provided during that interview helped one person listening, and if so, that is enough of a reason for us to ask a question that may seem unnecessary to other people. We work to provide a wide variety of news stories and information, so certainly not every story or question will be applicable or interesting to every individual in our large audience. I appreciate you letting us know how you feel. We will continue working on a wide variety of stories, which I hope you will find valuable when you tune in. Have a wonderful week! — Krystal Vivian, editor


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