A bizarre series of events has seen a group of prisoners out on work release use their unique set of skills to save a baby locked inside a hot car.
The inmates, dressed from head-to-toe in prison jumpsuits, were working in Pasco County, Florida when they saw the commotion coming from a nearby car park.
A father had just strapped his one-year-old daughter Dallas into the carseat when he threw the car keys on the front seat and shut the door. The parents quickly started panicking when they realised there was no way of getting her out.
Pasco County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Kevin Doll said that the parents could not afford a locksmith, and the father intended to break a window.
That’s when a crew of inmates working nearby in their black-and-white striped uniforms offered to put their previously acquired skillset to good use.
Incredible video shows a crowd watching on as they helped pry open the front door just enough for one inmate to use a coat hanger to push a button that unlocked the SUV.
The baby’s mother Shadow Lantry told WPEC-TV the infant was “just sitting there happy” throughout Thursday’s ordeal.
Sheriff Chris Nocco said that most of the inmates out on work release “want to do the right thing in life.”
“There’s only a very small percentage of those criminals out there that want to fight us and want to attack us, but a lot of them, like these individuals, they know they made bad mistakes, bad choices but they want to do the right thing in life,” he said.
Dallas’s grateful mum praised everyone involved in the rescue and said she wants to find out the identity of those inmates so she can contribute to their commissary accounts.
– with Associated Press
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