CREOLA, Ala. (WKRG) — A little boy was seen wandering Highway 43 Wednesday night, and now the Creola Police Department is investigating.
The Creola Police Chief, Frank Hammond, says the two-year-old boy walked about 500-1,000 feet from his home to the BP gas station on the other side of Highway 43.
“I was terrified, everybody in the parking lot was terrified and going crazy,” said Keisha Patel.
Patel was inside the BP gas station last night off Highway 43, when she walked outside she saw a child walking up to the store, and two women were screaming.
“Two females were going crazy. They almost hit him and she said the crazy thing was I was a little distracted because I was on my phone and the kid just appeared. She said I had to swerve to keep from hitting him,” said Patel.
Patel’s daughter saw the boy walking toward the parking lot from the busy highway.
“The child could have died or have got hit. I don’t know where he came from, but like I just saw him come from the street. It was very scary,” said Makayla Jones, Patel’s daughter.
The highway is always busy.
“Traffic is heavy on both sides of the street here. The fact that a car didn’t touch him? God had him.”
The speed limit is 50mph, but the police chief says no one ever goes that.
“You see the traffic out there right now, it don’t stop. The good Lord must have been looking over him,” said Hammond.
Hammond says the mother was changing her other baby’s diaper, and when she wrapped up, she couldn’t find her two-year-old son. He says she called her husband immediately and then 911. The police chief says they got the call from the mother reporting her son missing at 8:28 Wednesday night, less than ten minutes later, at 8:37, police got a call saying the child was at the BP gas station on Highway 43.
“It’s just a miracle the baby is home safe,” said Hammond.
Police say there is no evidence of any wrongdoing on the parents’ part. but they urge parents to keep their eyes on their children.
Hammond says he had a hard time sleeping last night after the incident. “My mind it was just tripping knowing a little child don’t know the difference, you know? They don’t see the danger,” said Hammond.
Patel says she is grateful the child is okay.
“I hope this never happens again. I hope this is a wakeup call for mom. Could have been a tragedy out here,” said Patel.
Child protective services has been notified of this incident.