SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – Law enforcement authorities have released a dramatic video showing the moments a Seminole County deputy rescued a young child in June after she was left inside a sweltering car for more than 12 hours, reported Fox News.
Seminole County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Dunn said he thought the 3-year-old girl was not alive after he discovered her inside the hot car on June 17.
Body camera footage released by the sheriff’s office showed Dunn running while holding the girl in his arms in order to get her medical assistance.
Dunn said he rushed the girl to his cruiser and immediately turned on the air conditioning.
“Once the cold air hit her, I started noticing her eyes fluttering,” Dunn said.
The deputy then rushed to the hospital while ensuring the girl she would be OK.
“It’s OK, baby; talk to me. You’re OK,” Dunn was heard saying.
The deputy carried her to the trauma center and left after realizing there was not much else he could do. The footage captured him slumping over as he walked to his patrol car.
“It was a heck of a thing to experience that adrenaline dump. And then when it finally goes away, how it really does affect the body,” he said.
The little girl was released from the hospital three days after the incident and Dunn was able to meet her.
SCSO congratulated Bill Dunn alongside a photo it posted to its Twitter account Wednesday showing him and the girl.
“He pulled her out, put her under air conditioning in his cruiser, and rushed her to the hospital,” the sheriff’s office said, describing the events that happened Sunday in Sanford. “We’re so glad she’s made a full recovery. Well done, Dunn!”
The child’s father called the sheriff’s office to thank Dunn, who had asked to meet the girl, according to Fox 35 Orlando.
“It was good for me, it was healthy for me to be able to see her healthy and up running and acting like a three-year-old should act,” Dunn said.
Police told FOX 35 Orlando that the girl’s mother, Casey Dyan Keller, 33, called 911 claiming that someone stole her car and daughter. But when deputies arrived, they found that the mother had actually left the girl—who was “sweaty and limp”—strapped into her seat after heading out the night before to buy liquor.
Keller was arrested and charged with “child neglect with great bodily harm.”
“Sometimes we’re able to have a moment like this that makes it all worthwhile,” Dunn said recalling the incident.