Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Milwaukee bus driver rescues wandering young toddler in the cold

A Milwaukee bus driver rescued a wandering baby walking alone on a freeway overpass Milwaukee County Transit System Spokesman Matt Sliker tells CNN A Milwaukee bus driver rescued a wandering baby walking alone on a freeway overpass Milwaukee County Transit System Spokesman Matt Sliker tells CNN
Melinda Barton | 14 January, 2019, 00:08

An alert bus driver rescued a young child wandering bare foot along a busy road in cold temperatures.

Irena Ivic spotted the toddler while driving on a highway overpass.

The child, who was less than 1-year-old, was barefoot and wearing a onesie and diaper, according to MCTS. Surveillance camera footage from inside the bus shows a concerned passenger waiting by the door when Ivic returned with the boy in her arms.

Another passenger handed over her coat to help bundle up the infant - and before long, he fell asleep in Ivic's arms, who is shown lightly kissing him on the head.

This is not the first time, a bus driver saved lost children and helped them get back to their parents.

Firefighters, police officers and transit security officers arrived at the scene soon thereafter.

"I'm just grateful I was in the right place at the right time", Ivic said at a commendation ceremony held in her honor on Thursday. The girl was reunited with her father.

The child's mother, who may have been suffering from a mental health crisis, left the helpless infant outside, the transit service said in a statement.

Irene Ivic was driving her normal route on December 22 when she spotted the child on a freeway overpass.

According to the Milwaukee County transit system, this is the ninth child its drivers have found alone in recent years.