Lexington Bus Driver Finds 3-Year-Old in Road

7:47 PM, Jan 15, 2014   |    comments
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Lexington, SC (WLTX)- A bus driver from a senior care center found a toddler running in the road on Tuesday morning.

"When we saw the child we were mortified, the child was in the rain alone," said Marie Harsey, a bus driver for the Lexington Senior Center.

Harsey says a UPS driver was stopped in front of her on Maple Road when she noticed the driver picking up a small child. She says he brought the toddler on her bus and she called the Sheriff's Department.  

"Thank goodness she was comfortable with us. We kept her occupied until we could get her some help," said Harsey.  

According to an incident report released by the Lexington County Sheriff's Department, the bus driver called deputies after finding a 3-year-old running in the road just before 10 a.m. while driving her bus route.

When deputies arrived they located a front door that was open four or five houses down. According to the report, deputies knocked on the door, no one answered, and they went in and observed running water and food on the counter. Deputies found two adults waking up in the master bedroom who stated they had a 3-year-old child.

The report states the parents appeared to be very concerned and were crying when the discovered the child was not in the home.

Deputies did report dog feces on the floor throughout the home, and the pair stated they would clean up the fecal matter and clean the floors.

The Department of Social Services was notified and stated they will be investigating the incident. DSS says they have never conducted an investigation on the family and there was no prior call history involving children at that location.

No charges have been filed.


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