A Florida woman driving to a doctor’s appointment may have saved a baby’s life after she spotted him wandering along a busy highway on Monday morning.
“I noticed cars in front of me slowing down and that’s when I noticed the baby standing from like you to me,” Erica Strozier said, according to FOX 13.
The little boy was alone on U.S. 1 in Oak Hill, wandering around while traffic flew by him. When Strozier noticed the baby, she immediately pulled over and got out of her car.
“I saw a little toddler, no more than 18-24 months, walking into U.S. 1. I instantly turned around and called 911. I was trying to keep the baby calm and was like, ‘Come here, sweetie,’ and the baby came right up to me.”
Strozier told the outlet that the little boy was wearing a soiled diaper and had insect bites all over his body.
“When I first saw him, he was looking confused. The baby was just lost, diapers soiled all the way to the ground. Body covered in nothing but mosquito bites.”
After a deputy arrived, he thanked Strozier, then went to a nearby trailer park, where he found the baby’s parents, identified as Yajaira Tirado, 28, and Jacob Krueger, 25. Police said both parents were in a drug-induced haze, with foam coming out of their mouth. Tirado allegedly blamed the landlord for failing to repair a broken door.
“When he [the deputy] went into the trailer he said there was feces, food and the parents foaming all at the mouth. When they walked out the door they weren’t even concerned about the baby, they could barely stand,” Strozier said.
Both Krueger and Tirado were arrested and charged with child neglect, and it’s apparently not the first time the mother has ran into issues involving the safety of her children.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, sheriff’s office spokesperson Andrew Gant stated that the deputy who arrived knew to go to the trailer home because he recognized the baby from a previous child neglect incident. Tirado allegedly left her toddler home alone before, with a dog and a shotgun inside the residence.
The little boy is now in the custody of the Department of Children and Families.
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