Thursday, 17 January, 2019

U.S. bus driver rescues child found wandering barefoot

Video shows bus driver rescuing baby wandering alone near road Milwaukee bus driver praised for rescuing infant from freeway overpass
Melinda Barton | 13 January, 2019, 14:14

An unlikely hero has rescued a barefoot baby walking alone on a footpath in the freezing cold.

Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) driver Irena Ivic spotted the boy, wearing only a red onesie and no shoes, running down the sidewalk at 8 a.m. on December 22, 2018.

A Milwaukee bus driver went above the call of duty when she stopped to save an unlikely would-be passenger: a baby.

A Milwaukee bus driver rescued a barefoot baby boy running alone near a highway, clad only in a onesie in freezing temperatures.

Transit video showed the boy walking down an overpass.

Ivic sat talking to the coat-swaddled baby, stroking her hair.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and MCTS officials honored Irena Ivic for her actions a few weeks ago, all of which were recorded on the cameras from her bus.

Police say the boy had been left outside by his mother, who may have been suffering from a mental health crisis.

ABC7 reported the boy was later reunited with his father.

Neither the boy's, nor his parents' identities have been released by authorities. "I have my children too", Ivic said.

MCTS drivers have found nine lost or missing children in recent years, according to their website. "She did the right thing", he said of the five-year veteran with the service. "I am shaking", Ivic said in the video as she sat down in the driver's seat with the baby.

Ivic said she was grateful she could keep the boy safe, MCTS said in a video about the incident.