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A preschool boy left alone at a Jersey Shore bus stop was rescued by a woman who saw him standing, forlorn, at the corner Tuesday afternoon. Brian Thompson reports.
A preschool boy left alone at a Jersey Shore bus stop was rescued by a woman who saw him standing, forlorn, at the corner Tuesday afternoon.
Dion Burton had been let off at the wrong stop on his way home from the Neptune Early Childhood Education Center, according to his father. Teresa Wyche, who went to the stop to pick up her granddaughter, spied the boy standing by himself at the corner as she headed back to her house.
"He looked like he was about to burst into tears," Wyche said.
Wyche went back to the stop and Dion told told her that he knew he lived somewhere nearby. Then, Wyche walked Dion to his street, where he recognized his home.
Dion's 17-year-old sister, Adrianna Burton, answered the door.
"I was going crazy, I was crying myself," she said.
School district policy calls for no young child to be released at a stop without a parent or guardian to take them. The alternative is to take them back to their school and have the principal reach out to the parents.
Peter Leonard, with the Neptune Township School District, said the aide on the bus won't be working with the district while it investigates what happened Tuesday afternoon.
NBC 4 New York called the bus company, Klarr Transportation in Lakewood, but the woman who answered the phone said there was no one to talk with and then hung up.
As for the family, Adrianna Burton said it is "good to know there's still good people in the world."