NewsState

Actions

Florida deputy saves child left in hot car

Posted: 3:11 PM, Jun 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-22 10:05:03Z

A deputy in Central Florida believes he was part of a miracle. 

A photo from the Seminole County Sheriff's Office shows deputy Bill Dunn hugging the 3-year-old he found in a hot car on Sunday. 

A woman had called to say her car was missing with a child in it. 

Dunn found the car, saw the child buckled into the back seat, and ran to the other side to open the door. "Opened the door and just a hit of steam just smacks me in the face. She's not talking, she's not responsive. I feel for a pulse, I can't feel a pulse." 

It was determined the toddler had been strapped into the car from the night before. Midday temperatures were climbing. Dunn rushed the girl to his air-conditioned patrol car and straight to the hospital a few minutes away.

Doctors told him 10 to 15 minutes more and she may not have survived. She has since made a full recovery, according to the sheriff's office.

The woman who called to say the car and child were missing was arrested and charged with child neglect with great bodily harm, according to WESH.com.