"There's only a very small percentage of those criminals out there that want to fight us and want to attack us, but a lot of them, like these individuals, they know they made bad mistakes, bad choices but they want to do the right thing in life," Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco told WFTS.
The father pulled on the door while an inmate used a coat hanger to push the button for the electric door lock. Within a couple of minutes the vehicle was open.
The child, Dallas, was fine and her parents were grateful for the help, WFTS reported.
The mother, identified as Shadow Lantry, said her child was locked in the SUV for about five minutes.
"Thank God for the criminals in the world. I respect all of y'all," Lantry said in a video.