The little girl found soaking wet and alone at an intersection in Philadelphia’s Tacony section overnight Thursday just wanted a frozen drink from a nearby convenience store, according to the SEPTA bus driver who called authorities to report the unusual find.
Route 56 bus driver Harlan Jenifer called SEPTA’s control center around 3 a.m. after a man brought the 4-year-old girl onto the bus and told him she was standing alone on the corner of Torresdale and Magee Avenues, according to police.
"He had to question me twice, 'Like, what?'" said Jenifer. "He was shocked, too, at what was going on."
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The girl told the driver and passengers on the bus that she dressed herself, unlocked the door to her home and ventured out because she wanted a slushie from a nearby 7-Eleven, said Jenifer.
The little girl roamed the parked bus and talked to other passengers until officers arrived.
"In this day and age, with all the stuff going on, someone could have picked her up... It was really scary to see her out there at that time of night by herself," said Jenifer.
The girl was taken to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children for evaluation where she was reunited with her mother, police said.
No charges have been filed.