Video shows forgotten 5-year-old being removed from hot van

4:11 PM, Aug 29, 2013   |    comments
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Lakeland, Florida-- It was child neglect caught on camera, cops say. A volunteer karate instructor was seen walking out to a hot van in the Florida sun at high noon on August 14, 2013. 

Inside the white van, a little boy was left alone for nearly two hours. He was soaked in sweat, had urinated on himself and was desperate to get out of the vehicle, according to documents. 

The volunteer is seen opening the van door and scooping up the five-year-old, then he walked back into the Family Fun Center in Lakeland where thee kids from the ATA Academy of Martial Arts were on a summer camp field trip. 

A Polk County Sheriff's Office spokesperson told 10 News, "This little guy was terrified. It must have been scary for him."

The volunteer, Daniel Skiff, 24, and his mother Kelly Norelius, 44, also a volunteer, were arrested on charged of child neglect. 

Skiff is already on probation from a  previous crime. The two were supervising a field trip that day and detectives told 10 News the pair forgot that the five-year-old was in the hot van. 

"There is no excuse for this. It is unacceptable," said the sheriff's office spokesperson. 

The child was rushed to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center that day, treated and released. 

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is praising a quick-thinking Lakeland Police Sergeant for seeing the entire incident and reporting it to the sheriff's office. 

The mother and son duo was told never to come back to the karate academy. 

A volunteer told 10 News, "They're not welcome here." 

Follow 10 News Reporter Melanie Michael on twitter @WTSPMelanie

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