Woman smashes car window to save child locked inside

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(STORYFUL/WAGA) A Kansas woman is being hailed a hero after stopping at nothing to save a toddler locked in a car on a nearly 100-degree day. 

Dramatic footage shows Kansas City woman Sarah Oropeza using a trailer hitch to smash the window of a car in order to save the child.

Oropeza was working as manager in Famous Footwear in Merriam, a city in the Kansas City metropolitan area, when a co-worker came into the store and told her about the child.

"The windows were totally rolled up, all the doors were locked, she was covered in sweat, when I looked in the back window, she was covered in sweat, she pulled her hair back and sweat was just drip, drip, drip. I was getting so mad that it wouldn't break. I was just praying," said Oropeza.

Along with the help of other bystanders, the child was rescued from the sweltering heat and treated by paramedics. According to Oropeza, the child was in the care of a babysitter at the time.

"It was just very, very emotional for all of us that were around," said Oropeza. 

Investigators say the child was left in the car by her aunt and uncle as they went shopping. No charges were immediately filed against the couple, but police say the case is currently under investigation. 

"No emotion at all, whatsoever, the only question they had for police was if insurance was going to pay to cover the window that we broke. That's the only question that they asked cop," said Oropeza.

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