Comcast technicians Shawn Bronson and Michael Payne were battling frigid conditions to restore service to customers in Monson when the sight of a 2-year-old girl wandering into traffic in nothing but a diaper stopped them cold.
“She had no socks, no shoes, and she happened to be heading right toward the middle of the road, which is where we intercepted her,” Bronson said last night of the moment he slammed on the brakes and blocked off traffic on Main Street, allowing Payne to scoop up the shivering toddler and rush her into nearby Woodbine Country Store.
“She was shaking, she was a different color,” Bronson said. “We just started taking off our hats and jackets and trying to get her wrapped up as well as we could while we got her inside the store.”
Once they were all inside the country store Thursday afternoon, Bronson said a clerk who recently gave birth rushed into a back room and retrieved a blanket from her baby bag. The clerk, they said, even gave the little girl a stuffed horse to play with until police arrived . . .
The 2-year-old’s father, who police said was “completely unaware” that she had wandered off, is now facing a charge of reckless endangerment of a child, police said, and the state’s Department of Children and Families has been notified. (Read more from “Child Wearing Only Diaper Wandering in 9 Degrees” HERE)