Cellphone video shows Oropeza doing everything to break the child out, after a worker told her the child was trapped. Police said the temperature was 91 degrees with a heat index of 101 degrees.
Sarah Oropeza, the manager at a Famous Footwear, tried breaking the window with whatever she could find, including a screwdriver and a tire iron.
“As I was hitting the window tears were falling down my face because I couldn’t break this window”, said Sarah Oropeza, an employee at she shoe store who helped save the baby. She said when they got to the girl, she was red and dripping with sweat.
Finally, the glass cracked, and then another women came up and threw a truck hitch at the window, shattering it.
“We were all crying”, she said. She was so drenched in sweat. “I was just getting so mad that it wouldn’t break and I was just praying, like, ‘break the window, she’s gonna die.'”.
After the toddler was out of the auto, Oropeza says the girl’s parents were questioned by police, and were mainly concerned with the broken window.
Oropeza and an officer told the couple to leave the store.
The case is now in the hands of the district attorney. Paramedics checked the girl’s vitals and she was later picked up by her godmother.
The window eventually broke and the 2-year-old child was freed, police said. Police ticketed the couple for child engagement. Howe is weighing whether tougher charges are warranted that could result in jail time.
Keep in mind, leaving a child in the auto for even a few minutes could be a deadly decision. She believes the toddler may have been in the dangerously hot vehicle for about 10 minutes. There is a tool that you can put on a key chain that will help you pop up a window easily.