Bus driver rescues toddler wandering on USA overpass in freezing conditions

Bus driver rescues toddler wandering on USA overpass in freezing conditions

Irena Ivic has seen a lot during her career as a Milwaukee County Transit System driver, but she was shocked by what she witnessed about 8 a.m. December 22.

Irena Ivic stopped her bus and ran to rescue the crying, barefoot child, who was wearing only a diaper and a onesie on a day when temperatures were below freezing, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Ivic pulled her bus over, crossed the busy street, picked the infant up, and called for help.

From a distance on her regular morning route on Milwaukee's south side, just after 8 a.m., she saw him: a baby boy alone running along a freeway overpass sidewalk. He said he believes his wife, who he says has a mental illness, took the baby to the church just across the freeway and forgot about her. The baby was unharmed.

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

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After authorities arrived, they were able to reunite the baby with her father, Hasan Ali Abdul Kasim, FOX6 Milwaukee reported.

Milwaukee police told WITI no charges were filed in the case. "I am shaking", Ivic said in the video as she sat down in the driver's seat with the baby.

The bus driver was honoured at a commendation ceremony on Thursday.

"She did a lot more than her job. She did the right thing", he said of the five-year veteran with the service.

This is the ninth time a lost or missing child has been found by a Milwaukee County Transit System driver in recent years, according to the release.

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