Bystanders rescue boy strapped into a car seat near Dort Highway
(9/25/2019) - A child was found alone and strapped to a car seat on the side of a busy road in Flint on Tuesday afternoon.
Investigators are trying to figure out how he got there.
The child was rushed to an area hospital for a checkup. Michigan Child Protective Services officials took over the case there.
It was not clear Tuesday night whether he had been returned to his parents' custody.
Surveillance video shows intense moments as bystanders pulled the young boy out of the middle of Windemere Avenue near Dort Highway.
"A lady told me right before I turned the corner she saw the baby actually walking with the car street strapped like a turtle -- like the car seat was a shell on the baby's back," Deandre Dixon said.
She was one of the many who stopped to aid the helpless child.
"The baby had no shoes and socks on," Dixon said.
The surveillance video captured by a local business has a lapse of just over a minute, during which the boy apparently got into the street. When the video starts recording again, a woman is spotted pulling the child out of the middle of the road.
"It ain't cold out here. The baby had a little shake, so I got one of my sweaters out of the truck and covered the baby up and sat there and tried to keep the baby occupied as much as possible," Dixon said.
Dixon's fatherly instincts kicked in and he ran across the street to get the child some water.
"The baby seemed very thirsty and drank three big cups of Big John's so quick, and he ate like he never ate," Dixon said.
Dixon tried figuring out where the boy's parents were but had trouble talking to the child. So, he and several others waited until help arrived.
"I am just glad I was able to pull up and do what I can, and the kid didn't go into Dort Highway," Dixon said.
Flint police have notified the parents about the situation. Michigan Child Protective Services officials couldn't comment whether the child was returned to the parents.