Two toddlers retrieved from locked car, father charged: police

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EAST BRONX, N.Y. — Two toddlers were rescued from a car Friday afternoon after a bystander alerted a police officer.

Officer Robert Manley was dropping children off after their Explorers program around 4 p.m. when a man came up to his van and frantically banged on the side of it to get his attention.

The man told Manley that two toddlers were in a nearby Toyota Camry parked at 2147 Barnes Ave. with the engine off and the windows rolled up, police said.

Manley then called for backup and used an emergency Lifehammer to break the front driver’s side window, according to police.

He retrieved a 3-year-old boy and a 1-year-old girl from the backseat. They had no apparent signs of distress.

The toddlers’ father, Javed Shoaib, arrived shortly after and was taken into custody.

Shoaib was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Both toddlers were taken to a nearby hospital and evaluated out of precaution.

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