OSHKOSH, Wis. (WFRV) A local mother is furious with Oshkosh Police after she called for help to rescue her nine month old. Brooke Polcyn says her husband accidentally locked their son, Lucas, in the car in the parking lot of the Outlet Mall last Saturday.
They called 9-1-1 twice. When police arrived, Polcyn says all he did was call a locksmith. She was worried because it was hot out, and Lucas was crying. Once the locksmith came, Lucas had been in the car for nearly a half an hour.
"It could have been a tragic outcome. I would hope they would reconsider their policy in a situation where somebody's life is involved," says the new mother.
Officers with the Oshkosh Police Department were unavailable to comment on camera, so we inquired about similar policies at other municipalities. In Appleton emergencies, dispatchers tell us a Community Safety Officer will attempt to gain entry. If the situation isn't dire, they'll call a tow service. But Green Bay shift commanders say it's up to their officer's discretion. There have been times when police have broken windows to get people out of vehicles.