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Mother Smashes Car Window To Rescue 2-Year-Old Girl Who Was Left Inside In 100°F Heat

Tue, July 21, 2015 12:16pm EDT by 4 Comments

So scary! It was a frightening scene in Merriam, Kansas, when a dramatic rescue unfolded in a parking lot after a concerned citizen saw a young girl trapped in a locked car with the windows up. Click to watch!

Kansas mother, Sarah Oropeza, was working inside a store when she was alerted on July 21 that there was a toddler sitting in a locked car. The scary part? It was scorching hot outside and the windows of the vehicle were all up. She then sprung to action and decided to smash the car window to rescue the poor baby.


It’s summer and that means there is bound to be reckless individuals who will leave children in hot cars. Thankfully, one mother was there to rescue a child in Kansas who was left in a locked vehicle with the windows up on a 100-degree day.

“The windows were totally rolled up, all the doors were locked. She was covered in sweat,” Sarah told KCTV 5. She saw the little girl in distress after her co-worker ran into the store screaming for help. Sarah immediately jumped into action and tried to break the window. “When I looked in the back window, she was covered in sweat. She had pulled her hair back and sweat was just dripping,” Sarah recalled.

She worked trying relentlessly to get into the vehicle, but couldn’t. Another woman then ran over with a screwdriver she had found in her trunk to try and crack the window. When that didn’t work, another concerned citizen handed Sarah a tire iron, but that also didn’t work.  Sarah told the outlet that, “I was just praying, ‘Break the window’. She is going to die.'” So scary! When the glass finally started to give, another women came up and threw a truck hitch and wound up shattering it. What a wonderful group of heroic women!

The worst part? The little girl’s aunt and uncle were said to have been in a cellphone shop while their niece was alone sweating profusely in the hot car. They apparently showed no emotion when they go to the scene and “The only question they had for police was if insurance was going to pay to cover the window that we broke,” Sarah told the outlet. How awful. The pair have been charged with endangerment, according to the outlet.

After the incident, Sarah took to Facebook to thank everyone for their support and for the other strangers who were there to help in the dramatic rescue.

“Thank you again everyone for your kind words. i was just doing the right thing. and thank you to the two women who brought me the screw driver and tire iron. and thank you to Diana Piseno who brought the hitch and broke the window!!!!! there was also a nurse there who helped with taking care of the baby once the baby was out! she helped everyone calm down! and big thanks to my co worker Porscha who saw the baby in the car and ran in to tell me! They all deserve as much credit!!!! if i could tag them I totally would. but i never got their names! and porscha doesnt have facebook lol THEY ARE MY HEROS.”

HollywoodLifers — do you think Sarah and the others did the right thing? Sound off below!

— Brittany King