A bus driver in Brevard County, Florida was dubbed a hero after she saved a child spotted standing alone in a driveway.
According to Brevard Public Schools via Fox 35 News, Renee Carpenter was driving her typical route when she spotted a toddler “wandering” in the road in nothing but his diaper.
Tod Goodyear, a spokesman for the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, told Newsweek Carpenter first spotted the toddler alone on a driveway. According to Fox 35, the child was seen wearing nothing but a diaper.
Goodyear further explained to Newsweek the driver first attempted to make contact with those inside the home. When no one answered, Carpenter and two instructional assistants from a local high school put the child on the bus, where they sat and waited for the police to arrive. The child was later identified as being 2 years old.
“This could have saved this small child’s life,” Katherine Allen of Brevard Public Schools told Click Orlando. “We are so thankful to have drivers who are attentive to the needs of all children in our community and not just those who ride our school buses.”
Upon reuniting the 2-year-old with his mother, police investigated the home to ensure nothing presented itself as cause for concern. But the home, Goodyear said, looked clean and the child appeared to be well cared for. They also contacted the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) but found no history of prior complaints.
Goodyear explained the case appeared to be a simple accident, in which both the child’s mother and the mother’s roommate, thought the toddler was with the other person. As such, no charges were filed in the case.
Sadly, children can and do often escape their homes. If an individual were to encounter a child that appears to be lost, Goodyear recommends first ensuring the child’s safety. If a child appears to be hurt or sick, call medical authorities. And in all cases, for multiple reasons, it’s best to call the police.
the child belongs and reunites them,” Goodyear explained “The second part is, law enforcement can investigate the situation. Law enforcement can ensure the appropriate person is reunited with the child. What are the conditions that led to the child’s escape? Could services or intervention be necessary?”
In some instances, a child’s home may not be safe. Law enforcement can make that call.
Thankfully, that was not the case for the missing child in Florida.
A similar incident occurred in Milwaukee in 2018. As reported by Newsweek, a Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) driver rescued a baby boy that was spotted wandering barefoot in below-freezing temperatures. The driver, Irena Ivic, held the baby until police arrived.
“I have my children too,” Ivic said in a statement obtained by ABC-affiliated news outlet WISN. “And if I find myself in the same situation again, I will, of course, help again.”