Cop Finds Man Face Down, Then Discovers Tiny Body in Hot Car 'God, Please Let This Child Be Alive'


There is something to be said about trusting that nagging feeling in your gut that something just doesn’t seem right.

At least that’s what one police officer learned this week during his patrol of an apartment complex in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Cpl. Darryl Wormuth found an unresponsive man lying face down in a grassy area, and called for emergency help for the man.

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While he was waiting, the cop hit the panic button on a key fob that was around the man’s neck to try and find his car with possible identification in it but without any luck.

The man was conscious but verbally unresponsive when he was taken to the hospital accompanied by the corporal.

Three hours later, Wormuth returned to his patrol, but “something just kept nagging at (his) mind.”

While he was walking through the parking lot, he faintly heard music coming from a parked car with its engine still running.

He walked closer to the car to peek inside the cracked window and then he saw her.

There was a little girl in the backseat and he prayed, “God, please let this child be alive.”

She was strapped to a car seat with her head tilted forward. The officer immediately called for back up, and then made sure the little girl was breathing and alert before getting the manager of the apartment complex.

The officers and manager gave the little girl chicken nuggets and water, while Wormuth located a phone in the car and reached out to the little girl’s grandmother. Her mother and grandmother arrived and took the child home.

“He was in hero mode, taking care of this baby,” property manager Latrice Leake said later.

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The unresponsive man from earlier was a family member of the child, and has since been charged with reckless endangerment and a related unattended child charge, according to Prince George’s County Police.

We are glad Cpl. Wormuth listened to that nagging feeling in his gut and returned to the area to save the child. He truly is a hero.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
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