Milwaukee bus driver rescues wandering toddler on freeway overpass

Milwaukee bus driver rescues wandering toddler on freeway overpass

A sharp-eyed Milwaukee County Transit System bus driver picked up an unusual passenger a few days before Christmas: a lost baby girl she spotted running across a freeway overpass.

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.

According to authorities, the toddler was discovered to be less than a year old and it's believed the mother, who may have been suffering from mental health issues, may have left the boy outside. Another security camera captured her reaction in the driver's seat. He was wearing just a onesie and a diaper. She runs up to him, he stretches out his arms and she takes him into hers and darts back to the bus.

The child fell asleep in Ms Ivic's arms as she waited for emergency services to arrive.

"Oh my God, I was so upset", she told KTLA sister station WITI in Milwaukee.

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The parents were eventually reunited with the child and no charges have been filed. Transit video shows the boy toddling down the overpass.

A passenger gave her coat to help keep the boy warm as Ivic called for help.

NOTE: Police first said the baby fas a boy but later clarified that the child is actually a girl.

Ivic is being honored for her act of kindness with an MCTS Excellence award. "She did the right thing", he said of the five-year veteran with the service.

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