Sheriff uses sledgehammer to save two children in locked car

Two children are safe thanks to the quick thinking of a state sheriff.

A woman parked her car on Halekauwila St. Friday morning and got out to pay the parking meter with her two children, a 2-year-old and a five-month-old, in the back seat.

That’s when the toddler locked the car from the inside — with her keys still in the car.

“She frantically made every effort to get the car open, but didn’t want to leave her children,” Toni Schwartz, public information officer, Dept. of Public Safety, said in a statement.

According to Schwartz, the woman flagged down a bystander who then ran into the Circuit Court and found Deputy Sheriff Grant Auna.

“The kids were sweating profusely and we were worried about the safety of the children, so we asked her if it was okay for us to break open the window to get the kids out for safety purposes,” he said.

It took Auna several tries and eventually a sledgehammer to break the window open and unlock the door.

The fire department checked the kids and determined they were fine.

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