Woman goes above and beyond to save child from hot car

MERRIAM, KS -- A Kansas woman is being praised after she went above and beyond to save a toddler locked in a car on a day when temperatures reached nearly 100-degrees.

It was all captured on a cell phone video.

The video shows Sarah Oropeza smashing an object into the window of a car repeatedly trying to save the little girl locked inside.

Oropeza manages a Famous Footwear store in the area and says that she sprang into action after an employee at her store ran inside shouting for help.

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

“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 ... break the window, she's going to die.”

Oropeza grew emotional as she recounted the events.

“She was crying and she was drenched in sweat, like her shoes were wet, her socks were wet... she was so drenched in sweat I just started crying.”

According to investigators, the little girl was left in the car by her aunt and uncle as they went shopping.

Oropeza says that they showed no visible response to the condition of the young girl.

“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 cops,” Oropeza said.

The two adults were ticketed for child endangerment, and authorities are considering tougher charges.

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