Dash camera and bodycam footage have been released showing a quick-thinking deputy as he rescues a 3-year-old girl who had been left in a hot car overnight. The child’s mother, 33-year-old Casey Dylan Keller, went to the liquor store the day before but forgot to retrieve her daughter from the car seat.
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The incident took place on June 17, Father’s Day, according to a report by the Daily Mail.
Seminole County Deputy Bill Dunn retrieved the girl, who he initially thought was dead, from the vehicle. However, once he got the child to his vehicle and blasted the air condition, he saw her eyes flutter.
“Sadly, I didn’t think she was alive when I got to her,” said Dunn. “I felt for a pulse and didn’t feel a pulse.”
“Once the cold air hit her, that’s when I started noticing her eyes kind of fluttering.”
Dunn turned on his vehicle’s sirens and raced the child to an area hospital.
During the trip, he can be heard talking to the girl, saying, “It’s okay, baby. Talk to me. You’re okay.”
Once he reaches the emergency room, Dunn carried the girl to a stretcher. He waited at the hospital for three hours until he got word that the child would be alright.
Bodycam footage then shows Dunn walking back to his vehicle and slumping over, thoroughly exhausted from the ordeal.
“It was a heck of a thing to experience that adrenaline dump,” said Dunn. “And then, when it finally goes away, how it really does affect the body.”
“Sometimes we’re able to have a moment like this that makes it all worthwhile,” Dunn added.
Three days after dropping the girl off at the hospital, he was able to reunite with the child, who was then healthy.
Keller had contact police on the morning of June 17 claiming her car had been stolen with her daughter inside. Local law enforcement later determined that she had gone to a liquor store and forgot to take the child out of the vehicle, leaving her in the car overnight.
Keller has been charged with child neglect with great bodily harm over the incident.