Correction: Boiled Walmart Baby

Rita, who had a baby trapped in the van in the Walmart parking lot in 104 degree weather, wrote in to make sure we got one detail straight:

    “No ambulance showed up afterwards… It was just an emergency vehicle going by us on the street. Not actually coming to the lot for us.”

Remember: only you can prevent baby fires.


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  1. Ben Popken says:

    Patrick writes:

    “Maybe I’m just a cynic, but do we even know that this story as real? It seems that a story as juicy as this would have been covered in the local papers (as the reader claims that she will be using every avenue to spread her story), but I haven’t been able to find a single mention using Google News, or looking at

    Additional things that make me wonder: With the update, apparently there was no ambulance (which nicely explains the absence of a police report). So now we need to believe that some sort of generic “non-ambulance” emergency vehicle happened to be driving by the Fort Walton Wal-Mart SuperCenter (not sure of the exact size, but Wikipedia lists SuperCenters as between 175,000 and 225,000 square feet), and happened to see them from the street? Looking at the parking lot on Google Earth (748 Beal Pkwy NW, Fort Walton Beach, FL), I find it hard to believe this emergency vehicle happened to see them from the highway.

    Also, wouldn’t you call a real ambulance as soon as you had your cell phone back to make sure that there were no effects from possible heat stroke?

    I think that either Consumerist got a scoop on what could be a hell of a story (dying infant, crying mother, big evil corporation, good samaritan), or this one could be one big attempt at slander against Wal-Mart.”