As soon as the Florida dad closed the door, he realized he’d made a mistake.
As WFTS News reports, it started when the Lantry family of New Port Richey, Florida got in the car on Thursday morning. The dad strapped his 1-year-old daughter into her car seat, tossed the keys on the front seat, and closed the door.
That’s when he realized the doors were locked, and his baby was trapped inside.
According to NBC 6 News, the parents spent several minutes trying to figure out how to open the car, but to no avail. The family couldn’t afford a locksmith, so the dad had resigned himself to breaking the driver’s side window.
Then help arrived from a very unlikely source.
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The couple was just outside the West Pasco Judicial Center. Nearby, a group of low-risk offenders were repairing the median. One of those offenders had the skills and knowledge required to get into a locked Chevy Tahoe.
With the help of a wire hanger and some pressure on the door, one of the inmates was able to unlock the SUV and free the baby inside. As the group worked on the door, one of the deputies recommended that the dad show his face at the window so his daughter wouldn’t be alarmed by the strangers outside the car.
“She was just sitting there happy. It wasn’t until the door opened that she started to cry and get nervous and wonder what was going on.”
The absurdity of the situation had everyone amused. At one point, a deputy commented that it was “hilarious,” though he quickly apologized to the mom. Shadow replied, “It’s not funny about the baby, but everything else is hilarious.”
Sheriff Chris Nocco of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office told ABC 7 he was glad the inmates were able to help:
“Our trustees are people who have made mistakes, we’re trying to rehabilitate them to get back into society.”
He acknowledged that it was good to see one of the inmates put his skills to good use, but added, “only when a deputy is around and we give permission can you break into that car.”
The relieved parents say their daughter is doing fine. They plan to thank the inmates by donating to their prison commissary accounts.
Nocco told WFTS it was nice to see the inmates get a chance to do a good deed:
“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.”