Michigan School Bus Drivers' Quick Thinking Helps Track Down Missing Toddler Taken With Stolen Vehicle
Frantic parents whose car was stolen with their 2-year-old son inside got lucky when they flagged down a local school bus driver. His quick thinking, along with the actions of a second bus driver, helped find the boy and reunite him with his parents.
Dave Skinner was on his regular route in Grand Rapids, Michigan, when frantic parents suddenly flagged him down. They told him that their car had been stolen along with their 2-year-old boy in the backseat.
Skinner called 911 and immediately alerted all school bus drivers on his radio dispatch system to be on the lookout for the child.
Within minutes, another bus driver realized she had just passed a child standing by himself in a driveway. She turned around and rushed back to help the boy onto the bus, putting him on the front seat, tenderly wrapped in his blanket.
“I have the baby,” she said on the radio.
The news quickly spread, and the bus driver drove off to reunite the boy with his family. He was returned to his parents’ loving embrace in the tearful handoff.
The stolen vehicle was found, but not the carjacker.
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