Toddler dodges cars in street, East Texans run to rescue

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas toddler narrowly escapes death as she roamed in the middle of a busy intersection.

The 2-year-old was seen at the intersection of Shiloh and Paluxy, near The Ridge at Tyler apartment complex Wednesday evening.

"[I said,] 'Please God, just keep her covered. Don't let her get hit,'" said Karen Bolton, a witness.

Bolton was stopped at a red light around 7 p.m.

"[I was] waiting for the light to change and I basically saw every bit of it," she said. "The child was trying to run across the road and cars were actually hitting their breaks to keep from hitting her."

She says cars screeched to a halt, dodging the toddler.

"I can't imagine seeing that child get hit," said Bolton. "I wouldn't have been right the rest of my life."

Bolton pulled into a parking lot as another driver stopped and snatched the girl out of the road.

"I saw the guy grab the baby," said Bolton. "He asked if it was our child. So I went ahead and got the baby and called 911...I kept waiting and I didn't see an adult nowhere. My heart just almost stopped beating."

When Tyler Police arrived, they located the aunt and mother of the baby who lives in The Ridge of Tyler apartment complex.

"The mother told us she was taking the trash out," said Don Martin, with the Tyler PD. "At that point in time, her small daughter had followed her out to the area of the trash can. She told her to go back inside and I don't think she followed up on whether she did or didn't...They (officers) were able to determine, they could smell that she had been drinking. At that point we released her to her sister versus her directly."

"I can't imagine someone two or three years old and the mother not being there to protect its own," said Bolton.

The Tyler Police Department and CPS are investigating the incident.

Authorities say the mother of the child could face up to second degree felony charges of abandonment or endangerment of a child.

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