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WEST MONROE La. (KNOE 8 News) - This could be the hottest week yet this summer.

That makes getting in your car miserable, with or without air conditioning.

A hot car can be deadly even if you're trapped inside for just minutes.

A toddler was resting in the arms of a West Monroe Police Officer.

But last week he was more than an officer. He was a savior to a panicked mother who accidentally locked herself out of her car with her little her inside.

Her desperate call was answered by Officer Chad Grubbs.

"The car wasn't running. The captain couldn't unlock the vehicle on the driver's side. I was watching the child on the passenger side. We were trying to unlock it from the passenger side and were not able to," said Cpl. Grubbs.

Cpl. Grubbs said the mother left her keys on the console, closed her door, then realized the SUV locked itself, with her baby girl inside.

She then called the police.

"We were trying to unlock it from the passenger side and we were not able to. The anti-theft device on the vehicle wouldn't allow us to," said Cpl. Grubbs.

So they had to think fast.

"There was no other way we could have done it, except for break the window. So the captain and myself made the call to break the window to get the child out," said Cpl. Grubbs.

"Approximately ten minutes went by, from the call till it was time to break the window. The child was sweating, her face was turning red. She seemed fine. She wasn't upset or anything," said Cpl. Grubbs.

Cpl. Grubbs said the mother did the right thing contacting police because they can respond faster than a lock smith, and have the tools to act fast.

Police remind us all to not leave anything living in a car, human or pet.

And they add: it's illegal to leave pets unattended in your car with our without ventilation.

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