Monday, October 25, 2010
Ridgewood bus driver finds abandoned toddler
NEW YORK (CBS 2) — A quick thinking bus driver jumped into action after making an alarming discovery while on the job.
As William Allan started his shift around 4 a.m. Wednesday morning along Putnam Avenue in Ridgewood, Queens, he spotted a 2-year-old boy, wandering on the sidewalk.
“I noticed out of the corner of my eye there’s a small child standing here, unclothed and shivering. Immediately I stopped the bus and I came around…he immediately saw me and put his arms up in the air and started crying,” Allan told CBS 2′s Cindy Hsu. “I immediately picked the child up and called 911.”
Allan took the little boy, who was dressed only in his underwear, into his warm bus and waited for police.
When police arrived, they started searching for the boy’s family. Just a few doors down, authorities found an open apartment door where the child’s 1-year-old brother was asleep in a crib with no adults home.
The next door neighbor said just a few months ago, he found the two boys alone on their front stoop.