Newly released video shows the tense moments when a Florida deputy rescued a 3-year-old girl after she was reportedly left in a hot car for more than 12 hours.
According to WESH, Seminole County police were called to the Vista Haven Apartments early June 17 following reports of a child locked in a stolen car. The toddler girl was reportedly slipping in and out of consciousness and the car windows were rolled up.
The girl’s mother, Casey Dyan Keller, 33, was ultimately charged with child neglect with great bodily harm for allegedly leaving her child in the vehicle after taking the girl and her two siblings to the liquor store the night before and returning to her apartment at around 11:15 p.m. Deputies said she took her two children out of the car but not the 3-year-old.
Upon realizing her daughter wasn’t in the apartment, WESH reported that Keller called 911 and reported the car was stolen with a child inside.
Body camera footage taken the following morning shows Deputy Bill Dunn removing the toddler from the sweltering vehicle.
“Sadly I didn’t think she was alive when I got to her,” Dunn said in the video. “ I didn’t feel a pulse.”
Dunn said he brought the girl to his cruiser, turned on the air conditioning, and rushed her to the hospital. Police noted that Dunn took her to the hospital because the initial 911 call wasn’t medical-related.
“Once the cold air hit her, I started noticing her eyes fluttering,” he recalled.
The toddler was discharged from the hospital three days later. Shortly afterward, her father reached out to Dunn and arranged a meeting so Dunn could reunite with the toddler.
The deputy said, “Sometimes we’re able to have a moment like this that makes it all worthwhile.”
[Featured image: Seminole County Sheriff’s Office]