Florida Inmates Use Clothes Hanger to Break into SUV to Rescue Trapped Baby: 'Thank God for the Criminals in the World'

A group of prisoners on work release came to the rescue of a baby girl who was locked inside a truck by using a wire coat hanger to break into the vehicle.

The five convicts, who were wearing their black and white prison garments at the time, worked alongside deputies from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office and members of the public to save the girl after her father accidentally locked her inside the SUV in a parking lot close to the West Pasco Judicial Center in New Port Richey, Florida.

After her father strapped her into her seat, he tossed the keys into the front. When he shut the back door, he realized the entire vehicle was locked with the keys, and the girl, still inside.

The baby's mother, Shadow Lantry, recorded on her cell phone the moment the prisoners arrived to help open the door with the coat hanger and posted the video to Facebook, where it has since gone on to be viewed more than 30,000 times.

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"It's not funny about the baby, but everything else is hilarious," Lantry can be heard saying while the crowd of people gather around the SUV to help unlock the door. After a couple of minutes, they manage to prise the door open, much to the relief of the parents.

"Them prisoners bust that s*** right open, so thank god for the criminals in the world," Lantry said during the video.

The 1-year-old girl was not harmed during the incident on February 14. "She was just sitting there happy," Lantry told CBS 12. "It wasn't until the door opened that she started to cry and get nervous and wonder what was going on."

Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco praised the actions of the low-risk offenders who came to help the baby.

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"There's only a very small percentage of those criminals out there that want to fight us and want to attack us, but a lot of them, like these individuals, they know they made bad mistakes, bad choices, but they want to do the right thing in life," Nocco told WFTS.

Speaking to WZNV, Nocco said that letting criminals break into a car with a coat hanger is only allowed "when a deputy is around and we give permission."

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