Florida prison inmates break into car to save baby
Last week, on Valentine's Day, a group of inmates became unlikely heroes after freeing a baby from a locked car.
The incident happened at the Pasco County courthouse, where a group of prisoners were on work release repairing parking meters. While they had been working, a father managed to shut his one-year-old daughter in the vehicle with the keys inside - and obviously started to panic.
Luckily, a passerby had noticed what happened, and informed a sheriff in the courthouse of what was going down. Rather than call a locksmith to deal with the situation, however, the sheriffs enlisted the help of the inmates - and the mother of the child caught the whole thing on video.
According to the mother, she and her husband were at the courthouse that morning for a pre-trial that she was attending. Her little one had become disruptive while in the courtroom, so she asked her husband to take her out for a short ride in the car until the proceedings were over.
When she was ready to meet them, however, she noticed something was wrong.
"As I was walking outside, I noticed a deputy walk over towards my vehicle and he approached my vehicle and I immediately got nervous so I walked over and my husband informed me that he accidentally locked the baby in the car," she said.
"He told me his hands were full so he threw his keys and phone in the front seat in order the strap the baby into her car seat. He shut her door then went to open his door to get in the vehicle and realized it was locked."
Fortunately, steps had already been made to get the infant out of the car.
"The sheriff had already approached him because a young gentleman went into the courthouse and got a sheriff and notified them immediately that there was a man outside who had a baby locked in the car the sheriff came out notified other deputies to come out. They tried to get the door open but could not.
"One deputy noticed that there were inmates out on work release in the parking lot and called them over for help. Three inmates stepped up. They pulled my door open, slid a coat hanger down in there, hit the unlock button and saved my baby. I congratulated and thanked them all."
The little one was only in the car for about five minutes, according to the mother, and the prisoners managed to have the car unlocked in two - so she was reached before the situation might have become dangerous.
"It's not funny about the baby, but everything else is hilarious," the mother said at one point. Then, as the sheriffs and prisoners walked off, she added, "Thank you! You have a great day! Thank god."
Rounding off the clip, the grateful mother said, "Thank god for the criminals in the world," which might not be everyone else's first thought - but at least the little girl was safe!