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Florida 911 Dispatcher Disciplined for Not Helping Baby Locked in Car

A Florida police dispatcher will be disciplined for not offering help to a frantic mother whose toddler son had locked himself inside her car, reports ABC News.

Shana Dees had just left a Tampa drug store on Saturday when she strapped her 10-month-old son in the backseat of the car and shut the door, she told WFTS, ABC’s Tampa Bay affiliate. She quickly realized her son, who often plays with her keys, had them in his hands — but it was too late. He hit a button that locked the doors, trapping himself inside the car on a day the temperature reached 95 degrees.

Dees, whose purse was also locked inside the car, used a stranger’s cell phone to call 911, she said.

“Can somebody come out and open the door? I don’t even know if that is something you guys do,” she says in the 911 recording, obtained by ABC News.

The dispatcher wasn’t very helpful.

“They won’t be able to try to gain access [to the] car unless the child is in some kind of distress, and, well, by that point they may just smash your windows.”

Dees watched as her son turned red and began to sweat, she told WFTS.

The Tampa Police Department says the dispatcher handled the situation poorly.

“He is going to be disciplined,” Andrea Davis, a police spokesperson, told ABC News. “He should have been more aggressive and asked location.”

Davis pointed out that the dispatcher did not refuse to send an officer to the scene. Dees ended the call, she said.

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