Milwaukee bus driver commended after rescuing toddler from frigid temperatures

Leroy Wright
January 11, 2019

Authorities say an alert Milwaukee bus driver rescued a young child found wandering barefoot on a freeway overpass in frigid temperatures.

Bus driver Irena Ivic had started her morning just like any other when she was shocked to see the baby boy on the side of the road in Milwaukee in the USA state of Wisconsin in December. Police said the boy's mother left him outside, according to MCTS. He said he believes his wife, who he said has a mental illness, took the baby to the church just across the freeway and forgot about her.

Irena Ivic-Drobnjak is being praised for her immediate action which may have saved the child's life. He's wearing a red onesie and a diaper. Authorities eventually reunited the boy with his father. Security video shows the girl toddling down the overpass. Ivic stopped her bus, ran across the street, picked up the crying child and carried him to the bus.

"Oh my God, I was so upset", she told KTLA sister station WITI in Milwaukee.

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Authorities have scheduled a press conference for 10 a.m. on Friday to discuss the case. A suspect in the case has also been taken into custody.

Another passenger brought her jacket up to the front of the bus to help the boy warm up.

Ivic-Drobnjak cradles and rocks the child and just as the police arrive, the baby boy has fallen asleep. "She did the right thing", Abele said.

Ivic-Drobnjak's Facebook profile says she's from Prokuplje, a city in southern Serbia.

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