A small boy in southern China ended up trapped in a hot car for a prolonged period because his father refused to allow anyone to break the windows.
After the father left the vehicle without the keys, the SUV had locked himself with the two-year-old girl inside.
However, the father insisted on retrieving the spare keys from his house when the spectators tried to free the boy by breaking the window.
A young boy in the southern province of Hunan ended up trapped in a hot car for a prolonged period because his father refused to allow someone to break the windows
Witnesses told Beijing News that the girl was trapped for almost 40 minutes on the hot day in the city of Liuyang, Hunan Province, on August 3.
The father could not get his daughter to open the door after trying for 20 minutes.
Nearby villagers suggested that the father broke the windows of the black car, but objected saying it was too expensive to repair.
A nearby store owner kindly offered the parents a trip home to retrieve the keys.
Another store owner sprayed the SUV with water from a hose to keep the temperature down.
Finally, the father returned with the spare keys and opened the door. The boy was sweating profusely and all his clothes were soaked, according to the report.
Net users have condemned the actions of parents on Weibo, accusing him of caring more for his car than his own son.
Another store owner sprayed the SUV with water from a hose to keep the temperature low
"It seems that the car is your real son, not the baby," said one.
"These parents will never understand, because they are not the ones trapped inside," said another.
Children who are trapped in a hot car may suffer from dehydration, heat stroke, and even death.
In the United States, an average of 37 children die each year from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside vehicles, and in more than 55 percent of cases children were left unknowingly, according to the charity Kids and Cars.
Although China's figures have not yet been published, reports of similar incidents have appeared several times this year.
Last month, a three-year-old boy in Xiangtan, Hunan province, was found dead in his family's car after being accidentally abandoned by his grandparents for five hours.
Two weeks ago, two Chinese sisters, three and five years old, died after being trapped in their uncle's car for seven hours on a stifling day in Anhui Province.