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Sarah Oropeza used a tire iron to bust a window to retrieve a child locked in a car on a hot July day.

MERRIAM, Kan. — The woman who rescued a child from a hot car over the weekend by relentlessly trying to bust through the car window with a tire iron, will be recognized Friday morning at the Mother & Child Health Coalition.

Sarah Oropeza told FOX 4 she couldn’t help but cry while she tried to break into the car parked at a Merriam strip mall, where she is manager at the Famous Footwear.

As I was hitting the window tears were falling down my face because I couldn’t break this window,” said Sarah Oropeza. “It was driving me insane and when it broke it was just the greatest relief.”

Video taken by bystander Kristy Scales shows efforts to bust into car window to rescue child locked inside.

Video taken by bystander Kristy Scales shows efforts to bust into car window to rescue child locked inside.

Kristy Scales, a bystander, shot video of the whole thing.

“They got the baby out and all you could see was her ponytail and sweat coming from the end and it was sad because she was fully clothed and had on boots,” Scales told FOX 4.

“I just went into action,” said Sarah Oropeza, who smashed the window, “like I just started hitting the window and I’m screaming, ‘Help! There’s a baby in the car! She’s going to die! Help! Help me!’”

The Mother & Child Health Coalition will recognize Oropeza Friday at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road.  The coalition is scheduled to discuss ‘Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes in Vulnerable Communities’, but will contribute some time to recognizing Oropeza’s ‘bold act.’

Oropeza says she isn’t the only one who deserves recognition. In a Facebook post, she thanks Diana Piseno, who brought a hitch and broke the window after the tire iron wouldn’t penetrate it.  She mentions her co-worker, who saw the baby first and alerted everyone, and a nurse who helped take care of the child when they got her out.

A brother and sister, Mylesha Anderson, 24, and her brother, Marques Anderson, 23, have each been charged with one count of felony aggravated child endangerment. Each suspect is being held on a $25,000 dollar cash bond. They were to be in court Thursday afternoon.

Mylesha Anderson, 24, and Marques Anderson, 23

Mylesha Anderson, 24, and Marques Anderson, 23

Mylesha Anderson, 24, and Marques Anderson, 23