Three Simi Valley girls aged 1 to 5 were hospitalized with heat-related issues Monday after their mother left them inside her locked car to seek assistance for an ill pet, police said.
The girls, ages 1, 3 and 5, were treated at Simi Valley Hospital and later released to a relative, Simi Valley police Cmdr. Stephanie Shannon said. The youngest girl was most affected by the heat, but responded well to treatment, Shannon added.
When Woodruff took the officers to her car, they found her daughters, who were "showing signs of heat distress," according to police.
The girls were rushed to a local hospital. Child Protective Services officials were also notified.