Woman smashes window to rescue toddler locked in hot car

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MERRIAM, Kan. -- A woman sprang into action when one of her co-workers discovered a 2-year-old trapped in a hot car Saturday. Temperatures that day felt like 110 degrees, KCTV reports.

Sarah Oropeza, the manager at a Famous Footwear, tried breaking the window with whatever she could find, including a screwdriver and a tire iron.

"The windows were totally rolled up, all the doors were locked," Oropeza told KCTV. "When I looked in the back window, she was covered in sweat. She had pulled her hair back and sweat was just dripping."

Other people also tried to help, and eventually the window gave way, thanks to a truck hitch.

"She was crying, and she was drenched in sweat, like her shoes were wet, her socks were wet. She was so drenched in sweat. I just started crying," Oropeza said.

The whole ordeal only lasted a few minutes, but Oropeza believes the toddler may have been in the hot car for up to 10 minutes while the couple who drove her were in a nearby store.

When the couple showed up at Oropeza's store looking for their niece, she said they showed no emotion.

"The only question they had for police was if insurance was going to pay to cover the window that we broke," Oropeza said.

Oropeza and an officer told the couple to leave the store. Police ticketed the couple for child endangerment, and the case is going to the Johnson County District Attorney. After paramedics checked the child, she was picked up by her godmother.

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