Baby Locked in SUV Watches Inmates Break In

Florida trusties want to 'do the right thing,' sheriff says
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 17, 2019 6:00 PM CST

Some work-release inmates made a Valentine's Day rescue when a Florida couple accidentally locked their baby inside their SUV, the AP reports. Pasco County Sheriff's Office spokesman Kevin Doll told WFLA-TV the parents could not afford a locksmith, and the father intended to break a window. That's when a crew of trusties working nearby in their black-and-white striped uniforms offered to help outside the West Pasco Judicial Center.

They helped pry open the front door just enough for one inmate to use a coat hanger to push a button that unlocked the SUV. The baby's mother, Shadow Lantry, tells CBS12 the infant was "just sitting there happy" throughout Thursday's ordeal, adding that "it wasn't until the door opened that she started to cry and get nervous and wonder what was going on." Sheriff Chris Nocco tells WABC-TV the trusties "know they made bad mistakes, bad choices but they want to do the right thing in life." (In related news, a newborn was found simply lying in the middle of a road.)

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