A Milwaukee County Transit System bus driver’s maternal instincts kicked in when she saw two tiny toddlers walking all by themselves on a street.
Jeannie Mitchell was driving her usual route when she saw two small children walking without any adult supervision on Hopkins Street north of Hampton Avenue.
“Where these babies going?” asked the concerned Mitchell whose own son went missing for 12 hours 15 year ago. She stopped the bus, got out and asked the children where they lived, realizing they were probably lost.
She contacted MCTS dispatch, who called the police to the scene. The officers were able to help the 1-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl contact their mother after they learned the children had walked away from their babysitter and got lost on their way to a relative’s house.
The little toddlers were then sent to their home, luckily safe and sound.
As for Mitchell, she said her instinct as a mother immediately kicked in because her own son went missing for 12 hours 15 year ago. He was eventually found but Mitchell said there were moments during which she wondered if she would ever see him again. She said she was glad she was able to help another mother avoid a similar horrific scenario.
Watch the video above to see Mitchell’s quick thinking.