DALLAS — From his parents' doorstep in Oak Cliff to blocks away outside a McDonald's restaurant along Interstate 35E, a tiny two-year-old — barefoot and still in his pajamas — was found walking alone in the middle of the a busy street.
Dominque Jackson, a passenger aboard a DART bus, spotted the toddler and demanded that the driver stop. She couldn't believe what she was seeing.
"He was in the middle of the street in front of a van and another truck almost, about to get hit," Jackson said. "I got off the bus and got the baby."
Jackson said she looked for the child's parents, but no one was around. She even walked to several nearby houses, but no one answered the door.
So she held on to the child, reboarded the bus, and called Dallas police. Jackson said the toddler thought it was fun.
"He wasn't hurt. He wasn't scared. He was just friendly, waving at everyone," Jackson said.
Back at the toddler's house on Upton Street, eyewitnesses said his mother was distraught, and turned to her next-door neighbor for help. That neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said it was a terrifying time for the mother.
"She was panicking. She was scared. She didn't know where he was," the neighbor said.
By 9:17 a.m., 911 was notified as the toddler's parents — along with the neighbor — desperately searched by car until Dallas police called with good news.
The toddler's neighbor said his mother was relieved. "She was happy to know that the baby was in safe hands."
DART police and several Dallas firefighters comforted the child with a blue teddy bear and a huge bear hug as he was whisked to a waiting ambulance
The child's neighbor insists the toddler's parents are "good."
As for the Good Samaritan who came to the child's aid, she's rejecting the notion she's a hero. Jackson is just grateful the baby didn't end up in harm's way.
"He's very nice, he's not shy or anything. He came right to me," she said.
The two-year-old was taken to a local hospital for a thorough check-up. His parents are being investigated by Children's Protective Services.