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Girl, 4, Left on Greyhound Bus Bound for Indianapolis
TROTWOOD - A four year old girl was left alone on a Greyhound bus bound for Indianapolis, but fortunately some alert police officers safely reunited her with her grandmother.
The grandmother and girl boarded the bus in Dayton. While stopping in Trotwood, Grandma got off to quickly use the restroom, leaving her granddaughter sleeping in the seat. She did not realize the bus was only stopping for a few moments, so the bus took off without her we her granddaughter still on board.
A worker at the RTA hub placed a call to 911, because the bus driver had no radio or phone.
CALLER: "The bus left, the baby's on the bus. Now my problem is that driver was late today and he left his phone in Indianapolis and I can't get in touch with him."
Clay Township police officer, James Hawkins, heard the scanner traffic, and sprung into action. When he got to the opening of I-70, he saw the bus going by. When the bus driver pulled over, Hawkins and another officer boarded.
They had to wake the girl up and at first she was scared; but eventually she was fine. In the video, you can watch as officers hold onto her and keep her safe along the side of the bus. About 25 minutes later, Grandma shows up with a Trotwood officer.
"(She) realized hey, I'm safe I'm with the police and everything's going to be okay. When Grandma got there, Grandma was a little emotional because the four year old had left on the bus. Once they were united, they were both happy and thankful," Officer Hawkins explained.
Police say there was a bit of a language barrier with Grandma, so perhaps that's why she didn't understand how soon the bus was leaving Trotwood.
She is not facing any charges, and both made it safely to Indianapolis.
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