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Costco shoppers credited with helping save toddler left in sweltering car

April 1, 2011 |  7:52 am

60560253 Police are crediting good Samaritans with helping save a 14-month-old girl left unattended in a car for 10 minutes Thursday while the temperature in the vehicle hit 115 degrees.

The incident occurred at the parking lot of a Costco at 1051 W. Burbank Blvd.

A concerned shopper spotted the baby sleeping and sweating inside the car and noticed that no parents were around, prompting her to call police.

When police arrived at the store’s parking lot, they found the baby and discovered the car’s doors were locked, Burbank Police Sgt. Robert Quesada.

The car’s windows were rolled down slightly, so officers tried reaching into the car to unlock it, he said. A good Samaritan with petite arms offered to help police and was able to slip her arm inside the cabin to unlock the door, Quesada said. Police removed the baby from the car and poured cold water on her head to keep her cool, Quesada said.

Police later arrested the girl's 38-year-old father on suspicion of child endangerment. 

 Police identified the man as Edik Magardomyan, 38, of Glendale.

Burbank Fire Department paramedics examined the toddler and determined that she was uninjured. Police placed the father under arrest after he returned to the vehicle. The girl was taken to the Burbank police station and officials said she would be released to the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services, Quesada said.

--Veronica Rocha and Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Officers arrived at the Costco store located on West Empire Avenue in Burbank and found a baby inside the vehicle. Credit: KTLA-TV