- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

MERRIAM, Kan. (AP) - A pair of Kansas shoe store employees are being lauded for their actions after one of them found a 2-year-old locked inside a sweltering car in the parking lot.

KCTV-TV (https://bit.ly/1HGndg9 ) reports 16-year-old Porscha Bland had just left a Famous Footwear store in Merriam on Saturday afternoon when she saw the child in a car, covered in sweat and crying.

She ran back into the store and alerted her manager, Sarah Oropeza, who was caught on cellphone video trying in vain to smash a passenger window with a tire iron. Eventually someone showed up with a truck hitch and broke the girl out.

Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe says he’s considering whether tougher charges than child endangerment are warranted against a couple who said the girl was their niece.

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Information from: KCTV-TV, https://www.kctv5.com


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