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Work-release inmates help rescue Florida baby locked in SUV

Posted at 12:13 PM, Feb 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-17 12:13:52-05

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — Some work-release inmates made a Valentine's Day rescue when a Florida couple accidentally locked their baby inside their SUV.

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 trustees working nearby in their black-and-white striped uniforms offered to help.

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, told WPEC-TV the infant was "just sitting there happy" throughout Thursday's ordeal.

Sheriff Chris Nocco told WZVN-TV the trustees "want to do the right thing in life."