The South Carolina Department of Social Services is investigating a family situation after a 3-year-old was found in the middle of a road Tuesday morning.
According to the incident report, a bus driver called Lexington County Sheriff's deputies after seeing the child in the road near Lexington just before 10 a.m. Tuesday.
According to the bus driver, she was on her way to pick up a senior citizen to transport to the Lexington Aging and Recreation Center when she saw the child near the Maple Road subdivision.
The driver says she put the girl on the bus to keep her safe.
As one deputy stayed with the girl, another deputy noticed an open door on a nearby house. The report states the deputy found a couple in a back bedroom who were waking up. The couple said they had a 3-year-old child.
"The parents appeared to be very concerned and crying when they discovered that (name redacted) was not in the home and could have been hurt," reads the incident report.
The report says the deputy noticed some dog feces on the lower floor of the house, which the couple said they would clean.
Senior citizens on the bus were happy to entertain the girl while deputies looked for her caregiver.
"There was a child walking, getting ready to cross the road, there was a UPS driver in front of me and he stopped to avoid hitting her and asked if we could put her on the bus," said driver Marie Harsey.
"It was raining and cold and she was barefoot and we knew she was lost. We all took turns talking with her and keeping her happy, she was running up and down the aisles she just loved the bus."
Harsey and her passengers were grateful she wasn't hurt.
"We kept her mind off of it," said Edith Crowley. "We talked to her about colors and her name and little things like that. She did really well."
No arrests were made, but DSS was contacted to conduct a follow-up investigation.
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