Milwaukee bus driver rescues wandering toddler on freeway overpass


Milwaukee County Transit System officials say just before 8 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22, bus driver Irena Ivic spotted the toddler wandering alone on a freeway overpass near 4th and Mitchell in frigid tempatures. The baby, wearing a red onesie and a diaper, was quickly walking to an intersection.

The temperature was below freezing and Ivic knew she had to stop her bus and save the baby boy, who was less than 1 year old, MCTS said. "Baby was so scared and cried".

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As the bus sat waiting for police and EMS responders to arrive, one passenger walked up to Ivic as she held the baby in the driver's seat. "I used to be a teacher and I have children of my own, so I'm so happy I was able to help this sweet, innocent baby", Ivic said. The baby's mother had left it alone outside after suffering a reported mental health episode. When police gathered near his home, he noticed his child was not there and ran outside. Authorities eventually reunited the baby with its father.

Milwaukee police told WITI no charges were filed in the case. I'm shaking, ' she says.

"Irena Ivic did a lot more than her job, she did the right thing".

"Oh my God, I was so upset", said Ivic. "I don't take that kind of compassion for granted", said County Executive Abele.

Originally from Serbia, Ivic has lived in Milwaukee for over a decade and been an employee of MCTS for the past five.