Abandoned tyke reunited with mom following southern Brooklyn odyssey

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Police reunited a 4-year-old girl who had been abandoned by a school bus driver in southern Brooklyn with her mother Monday night, after city Department of Environmental Protection workers rescued her earlier in the day.

City employees Matthew Alongi and Tori Boria spotted the youngster walking along the bustling Shore Parkway near 27th Avenue on Aug. 5, and were driven by their own parental instincts to lend a helping hand.

“As a parent, I saw the girl walking in the middle of Shore Parkway, a very busy street, by herself and thought ‘something is not right,’ so me and Tori decided to help her,” Alongi said at a press conference Tuesday morning.

The tyke had wandered off her school bus at around 9 a.m. Monday, and the precocious child spent the remainder of the day roaming southern Brooklyn by her lonesome, cops said.

Following her rescue, Alongi and Boria handed the girl off to authorities, who took the youngster to Coney Island Hospital, where doctors found her in good health, according to police.

Meanwhile, investigators used surveillance footage to retrace the girl’s steps in a successful attempt to uncover mom’s identity, and police handed her off to family Monday night, cops said.

Police are slapping both the bus driver and a bus matron responsible for safeguarding kids with misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child charges, according to authorities.

Reach reporter Chandler Kidd at or by calling (718) 260–2525. Follow her at
Updated 2:51 pm, August 6, 2019
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Wtf from Brooklyn says:
Why are you posting the pictures of these found children? Is this some effort to shame the parents or something?
Aug. 11, 9:59 am

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