Milwaukee County Transit Security has released the video revealing the harrowing moment a bus driver saved a wandering one-year-old.
According to ABC 7, bus driver Irena Ivic was driving down a freeway overpass on December 22 when she spotted a young child walking along the same overpass around 8:00 a.m.
The child was wearing only a light onesie and diaper. The little girl was also barefoot.
Ivic told ABC 7 she couldn’t believe what she was seeing at first:
“Oh my God, I was so upset and I couldn’t believe that somebody can, left the child on the street. Baby was so scared and cried, and she didn’t know what to do, where to go.”
The video then shows Ivic taking action.
The driver put the bus with passengers inside into park, ran into the busy street, and grabbed the terrified child.
Ivic then brought the child onto the bus. You can hear her exclaim:
“Oh my God. Oh my God, I’m shaking.”
A passenger then walked from the back of the bus to give up their coat in order to help warm the child.
Ivic said the little girl quickly fell asleep in her arms.
After calling for help, firefighters, police officers, and transit security officers arrived at the scene in order to get the child home safely.
Other than being cold and scared, the child was found to be unharmed.
Police officers say the child was left outside by her mother, who was reportedly going through “mental health crisis at the time.”
The little girl has since been placed with her father.
On January 10, the family updated WISN on how the baby girl was doing. Thankfully, the one-year-old is doing well.
Proud that she was able to help get the little girl to safety, Ivic told ABC 7 that she would do it again in a heartbeat.
She said, “If I find myself in [the] same situation, I will, of course, again help. Always.”