Robert Jackson III, a DoorDash driver in Detroit, Michigan, is being called a hero after he saved a toddler who was wandering alone in the freezing weather. Because of his efforts, police were able to safely reunite the child with their family.
The incident happened on Jan 9 around 11 a.m. Robert Jackson III was making a delivery on 8 Mile Road near John R. when he spotted a toddler wandering the street in just a diaper and socks. According to the driver, the child was shivering, and his fingers and lips were turning purple.
“He was standing in the middle of Eight Mile like this,” Jackson said. “(he) was shaking, his hands and his lips were purple, and his fingers were purple.
Jackson said that the child was too young to tell them where he lived and could barely talk. The DoorDash driver said, “A baby – yeah man I know. You can’t ask him who is mommy is. He can’t talk. Look, he has no shoes.”
At the time, the weather in Detroit was 38 degrees with a serious wind chill. The DoorDash driver grabbed the freezing child and wrapped him in his coat before putting him in the warm car. He later flagged down a passing vehicle and they called 911.
Jackson and the driver kept the child company and according to reports, the child didn’t seem upset. Officers were able to identify the 2-year-old and reunite him with his family.
After police arrived, the child was taken to the hospital to be treated. He is expected to be OK and has no serious injuries from his time wandering the streets alone.
According to police, the child lived just down the street from where he was found. His mother had gone to the store in the morning and left a 16-year-old sibling in charge. It is unclear how long the 2-year-old was outside before he was found by the DoorDash driver.
While police are investigating the incident, they believe the child just wandered outside without anyone noticing. They don’t anticipate filing any charges. The child’s family has not said anything about the incident.
Robert Jackson III was just happy that he was there to rescue the child. “It feels good that I was there – I don’t know how to explain it,” he said.
7-Year-Old Also Found Wandering Alone
A 7-year-old girl was also recently found wandering out of her home in Acworth, Ga. and was later hit by a car. Police are investigating the incident and actively looking for the driver, who fled the scene.
According to reports, the 7-year-old, whose family said she had autism, slipped out of her home without her parents noticing. She then started wandering the streets alone. The crash occurred on Jan. 9 around 10:15 p.m. on New McEver Road.
Police believe that the driver was traveling east when they hit the child and caused her to fall face first into the road. She was pronounced dead on the scene, and her parents have been notified of her passing.
Her identity has not been released, and it is unclear what kind of injuries she suffered.
At this point, Cobb County police have not released the make or model of the vehicle that hit the 7-year-old child, but they did say that the car was damaged during the hit and run. According to officers, the car might have some front-end damage from the impact, including damage to the headlight and a missing University of Alabama vanity plate.
Anyone who has information about the crash is asked to call Cobb County Police investigators at 770-499-3987.