Christina Tufford took her 10-month-old daughter Maddie to a Lowe in Stuart, but what started as a short trip to the home furnishings store turned into a heartbreaking life lesson that the mother insists she will never forget

The terror of a mother in Florida was captured on camera footage from the police and captured the moment she accidentally locked her young daughter up on a burning summer day, only to be helped by a fast-thinking good Samaritan.

At the end of July, Christina Tufford took her 10-month-old daughter Maddie to a Lowe & # 39; s in Stuart, but what started as a short trip to the home furnishings store turned into a heart-rending life lesson that the mother insists she will never forget.

When she returned to her car, Tufford decided to place Maddie in her car seat at the back of her SUV, using the external start button on her keychain to turn on the engine and run the AC to keep her cool while she unloaded her shop.

But the distracted mother accidentally left the keys on the chair and closed the doors. Only when she went home minutes later did she realize her mistake.

Christina Tufford took her 10-month-old daughter Maddie to a Lowe in Stuart, but what started as a short trip to the home furnishings store turned into a heartbreaking life lesson that the mother insists she will never forget

Maddie

Maddie

Christina Tufford took her 10-month-old daughter Maddie (right) to a Lowe & # 39; s in Stuart, but what started as a short trip to the home furnishings store turned into a heart-rending life lesson that the mother insists she will never forget

When she returned to her car, Tufford decided to place Maddie in her car seat at the back of her SUV, using the external start button on her keychain to turn on the engine and run the AC to keep her cool while she unloaded her shop. But the distracted mother accidentally left the keys on the chair and closed the doors. Only when she went home minutes later did she realize her mistake

When she returned to her car, Tufford decided to place Maddie in her car seat at the back of her SUV, using the external start button on her keychain to turn on the engine and run the AC to keep her cool while she unloaded her shop. But the distracted mother accidentally left the keys on the chair and closed the doors. Only when she went home minutes later did she realize her mistake

When she returned to her car, Tufford decided to place Maddie in her car seat at the back of her SUV, using the external start button on her keychain to turn on the engine and run the AC to keep her cool while she unloaded her shop. But the distracted mother accidentally left the keys on the chair and closed the doors. Only when she went home minutes later did she realize her mistake

Bystanders tried to open the door after the unsuccessful OnStar conversation, but to no avail

Bystanders tried to open the door after the unsuccessful OnStar conversation, but to no avail

Bystanders tried to open the door after the unsuccessful OnStar conversation, but to no avail

"All doors were locked and she was in with the keys," Tufford reminded WPTV, insisting that she first stay calm. "The air conditioner was running, but I knew I only had a few minutes before the vehicle turned off."

Tufford said she immediately tried to call Onstar, a car security and emergency service, hoping that a driver could unlock her car remotely.

However, there was only one problem: her account had expired and the driver no longer had access to the security functions of her car.

"I said I will do whatever it takes, my child is still inside and it will be turned off soon. I pay as much money as necessary. Activate my service again so that you can unlock my car, & said Tufford.

The mother's calls were unsuccessful, the operator told her that it was impossible to reactivate her account over the phone.

With time now very much of the essence, Tufford was running 911. By the time Officer Kyle Osinga arrived, Tufford's engine was completely turned off.

Tufford said she immediately tried to call Onstar, a car security and emergency service, hoping that a driver could unlock her car remotely. The mother's calls were unsuccessful, the operator told her that it was impossible to reactivate her account over the phone.

Tufford said she immediately tried to call Onstar, a car security and emergency service, hoping that a driver could unlock her car remotely. The mother's calls were unsuccessful, the operator told her that it was impossible to reactivate her account over the phone.

Tufford said she immediately tried to call Onstar, a car security and emergency service, hoping that a driver could unlock her car remotely. The mother's calls were unsuccessful, the operator told her that it was impossible to reactivate her account over the phone.

¿I check the child a little later and the child is no longer okay. The head down and the eyes are closed. That's when the adrenaline is when I start to pan, Osinga said

¿I check the child a little later and the child is no longer okay. The head down and the eyes are closed. That's when the adrenaline is when I start to pan, Osinga said

"I check the child a little later and the child is no longer okay. The head is down and the eyes are closed. That's when the adrenalin, that's when I start panning, "Osinga said

The officer then takes out his stick and starts banging on the window in an attempt to break it. His attempts have failed, and while he runs away to grab a window punch, a bystander runs to the car with one of his own people

The officer then takes out his stick and starts banging on the window in an attempt to break it. His attempts have failed, and while he runs away to grab a window punch, a bystander runs to the car with one of his own people

The officer then takes out his stick and starts banging on the window in an attempt to break it. His attempts have failed, and while he runs away to grab a window punch, a bystander runs to the car with one of his own people

Osinga made several attempts to unlock the doors, but after a few minutes he was unsuccessful.

The officer said that the panic really began to occur when he looked through the rear door to see that Maddie seemed to be losing consciousness.

"I check the child a little later and the child is no longer okay. The head is down and the eyes are closed. That's when the adrenalin, that's when I start panning, "Osinga said.

The officer then takes out his stick and starts banging on the window in an attempt to break it. His attempts have failed, and while he is running away to get a window stamp, a bystander runs to the car with one of his.

The Samaritan gives Osinga a blow, where the officer is finally able to shatter the glass and open the door after a tormenting 16 minutes.

The Samaritan gives Osinga a blow, where the officer is finally able to shatter the glass and open the door after a tormenting 16 minutes

The Samaritan gives Osinga a blow, where the officer is finally able to shatter the glass and open the door after a tormenting 16 minutes

The Samaritan gives Osinga a blow, where the officer is finally able to shatter the glass and open the door after a tormenting 16 minutes

Tufford then runs to get her daughter out of the back seat and scoop her up in her arms before she gives her water

Tufford then runs to get her daughter out of the back seat and scoop her up in her arms before she gives her water

Tufford then runs to get her daughter out of the back seat and scoop her up in her arms before she gives her water

Maddie escaped the trial unharmed, but Tufford says she hopes her own frightening ordeal will help other parents learn from her mistakes

Maddie escaped the trial unharmed, but Tufford says she hopes her own frightening ordeal will help other parents learn from her mistakes

Maddie escaped the trial unharmed, but Tufford says she hopes her own frightening ordeal will help other parents learn from her mistakes

Tufford then runs to get her daughter out of the back seat and scoop her up in her arms before she gives her water.

"She was very listless and did not breathe well. I happened to have a whole bottle of water bottles, poured water on her, "Tufford said, and said her daughter soon after & # 39; came & # 39 ;.

"She was pretty lifeless and you could see the sweat wiping off her," Tufford said. "I am very grateful, I absolutely see things in a new light."

Maddie eventually escaped the trial unharmed, but Tufford says she hopes her own frightening ordeal will help other parents learn from her mistakes.

She now says that she keeps a window stamp in her bag instead of in her vehicle.

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