A Lyft driver was returning home around 3 a.m. after his last ride when to his dismay he spotted a 2-year-old outside his apartment building in below-freezing temperatures.
The toddler was all alone standing barefoot in a snowbank outside a building in Worcester, Massachusetts, with no coat or shoes, reports WBZ.
It was 15-degrees on Wednesday morning. According to the Telegram, the toddler was crying and borderline hypothermic when Ashton Mazyck found her.
“When I first saw her, it was this precious little girl. She looked at me, tears in her eyes, and I just felt all sorts of emotions.
I had to make sure she was safe. I wanted her to feel safe.”
Concerned for the child he called his mom in the middle of the night before calling the police. His mother, Vida Mazyck, said:
“Ashton is like ‘mom come quickly. Bring a blanket.
He says, ‘I found a little child standing outside.’”
Vida told My Highplains:
“I tried to warm her feet. Rubbed her feet. Put socks on. But it was if I was holding ice.
The first thing that came to mind was the incident in New Hampshire.”
According to AP News, earlier this month a 2-year-old froze death in bitter cold temperatures just outside of her front door. The toddler managed to escape her home and couldn’t get back in.
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Ashton said he’s just thankful he found the girl just in time in order to save her from the same tragic fate. He explained:
“I just thank god for allowing me to be at the right place at the right time.”
Ashton warmed the child in his apartment and called the police.
She was taken to the hospital for evaluation. Police believe she wandered outside while her grandmother was sleeping. The child’s mother was working an overnight shift at the time of the incident.
No charges have been filed against the family. The child has been released to her mom.
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