Photo by John Schreiber.

A deputy was being hailed as a hero Wednesday for rescuing a 4-month-old baby girl left unattended in a locked car in sweltering heat in Chatsworth.

Deputy Dustin Morales was approached about 3 p.m. Tuesday outside the Chatsworth Courthouse by a woman who told him about the child’s plight, according to sheriff’s Lt. Edward Mackenzie.

“The car was parked in direct sunlight with an ambient temperature of 90 degrees, and the infant was crying and sweating profusely,” Mackenzie said.

Morales forced his way into the vehicle and took the infant into the courthouse to cool down while awaiting paramedics, Mackenzie said.

Fire department personnel arrived and took the girl to a hospital. She’s expected to make a full recovery, according to Mackenzie.

Court deputies determined that the child’s mother left the baby while tending to some matter in the courthouse. She was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and the baby was placed into protective custody.

The mother’s name was not released.

–City News Service

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