College student rescues toddler found wandering across highway

WALTON, Kansas (KSN TV) – A 3-year-old child was found wandering around Highway 50 near Walton around 7 p.m. Wednesday night.

Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton says 911 received a call about a child crossing Highway 50.

Luckily for the child, a Tabor College student saw the child and slowed down. A semi truck driver also saw the child and slowed down. The child ran onto some railroad tracks before the Tabor student picked up the child.

At some point, the 8-year-old sibling realized the 3-year-old was missing and went into panic. The neighbor saw the 8-year-old crying and shouting and called 911. The neighbor called the father who was working and the father showed up.

Deputies arrived and learned the mother ran into Newton to buy groceries leaving the four children, ages 8, 6, 5 and 3, at home.

The children have been taken into protective custody while things are being worked out. So far, police are not planning to charge the parents.

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