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MBTA: Bus Driver Spotted 2-Year-Old Wandering Streets Alone, Called Police

Driver stopped her route to wait with toddler, according to the MBTA.

A bus driver is being commended by the Medford Police Department for stopping her bus and calling police when she spotted a 2-year-old girl walking a Medford street alone, according to the MBTA.

Donna D’Amelio spotted the child near Light Guard Drive as she was driving the 134 route on Riverside Avenue about 6 a.m. on Aug. 5, according to a press release from the MBTA.

D'Amelio stopped the bus, called police and waited with the girl until police arrived, according to the release. Medford Police took the toddler to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for observation and canvassed the neighborhood to find the parents.

Officer Matthew Jones discovered an open door at a nearby housing development about 45 minutes later where he found the child's family, still asleep and unaware that the youngster had taken off, according to the release.

"The mother of the child, when faced with the news, was visibly shaken and immediately transported to the hospital where she was reunited with her daughter," the press release said.

D’Amelio will be awarded a certificate of commendation by the Medford Police Department in a presentation at 10 a.m. today at on Wednesday at Transit Police Headquarters.

Michael Morico October 10, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Donna D'Amelio should be given 1 month paId vacatIon In Aruba for such a heads up move..Thank God for Wonderful People like Her .....Wow
Charlene Harrison October 11, 2012 at 06:03 AM
OMG thank god she found the little girl, there's so many things that could of made this a traggic ending! The parents really need to child proof their home so something like this doesn't happen again. To the mbta driver ur a great person & because of u this situation had a happy ending! God Bless!
Linda Julien October 11, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I think what Ms. D'Amelio was great, and I applaud her for it. However, I'm not sure special awards are called for. Isn't this the sort of thing that any adult (or older child, for that matter) should do for a lost child?

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