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Scotland Co. sergeant rescues infant accidentally locked in car

Sgt. Woods with the rescued child. Source: Scotland County Sheriff's Office on Facebook Sgt. Woods with the rescued child. Source: Scotland County Sheriff's Office on Facebook

LAURINBURG, NC (WMBF) – The grandparents of a 3-month-old who was accidentally locked inside a car are thanking the Scotland County Sheriff's Office sergeant who responded quickly and got the child out.

Sgt. Mike Woods received a call from the Emergency Operations Center regarding a child locked inside a vehicle. While en route, Sgt. Woods met with Laurinburg Police Officer Caleb Locklear to use his car-unlocking device, according to a Facebook post from the sheriff's office.

When he arrived, the grandmother told Sgt. Woods that she put the child in the car seat about 10 to 15 minutes earlier, and while fitting the seat belt, she laid the car keys on the seat. She realized after she closed the car door that she had locked the car keys inside with her cell phone. She quickly ran to a nearby home and asked a resident to call 911.

Woods was able to quickly open the car and get the baby out. Even though he was not an expert on the unlocking device, he said the Good Lord was on his side. “The very first try, the door unlocked,” Sgt. Woods said.

The grandparents were very grateful for Sgt. Woods's quick response time, and snapped a photo of him with the rescued infant. Sgt. Woods, a father of three, said he knew time was critical, and he was thankful it was a positive learning experience for everyone.

Experts say that about 30 children die each year from being left in a hot car. The Scotland County Sheriff's Office states that even on a 70-degree day, temperatures inside a car can rise to 117 degrees.

“There's actually a misconception that cracking the windows to allow air in helps, but it acts as a compressor, and can raise the temps about 15 percent,” the post states. “While this was a happy outcome please remember never leave children or pets in your vehicle at anytime of the year.”

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