When Maryland police officer Corporal Darryl Wormuth found an unconscious man laying in a grassy area on Tuesday, he didn’t know the clock was ticking for another life nearby.
After calling for help, the officer found car key fob on a lanyard around the man’s neck and activated the panic button to try and locate his vehicle, according to the Prince George’s County Police Department.
No alarm sounded off, so Wormuth escorted the man to a nearby hospital.
But three hours later, he got a feeling that he needed to return to the area where he found the man. He said:
“Something just kept nagging at my mind.”
Wormuth started patrolling the area and soon heard music coming from a car with the engine running.
And when he looked through the open window, he saw a baby girl with her head down inside the hot car.
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Wormuth said he was immediately worried:
“I said, ‘Please, God, let this child be alive.’ Her head was forward. She was either sleeping or had passed, and I could see her chest begin to rise.”
The officer called for backup and gave the toddler, who was estimated to be around a year and a half old, chicken nuggets and water.
He then managed to find contact information for her family members inside the car, WJLA reports.
The little girl was soon handed over to her mother and grandmother.Prince George’s County Police Department
According to police, the man found hours earlier was a family member who was supposed to be watching the toddler. He has since been charged with reckless endangerment.
The exterior temperature of the car was around 81 degrees when she was found.