Postal worker rescues toddler found wandering in middle of street

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Robert Batley, a Denver letter carrier, rescued a 2-year-old child wandering in the street. (Photo: USPS)

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ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — A Denver postal worker was credited with saving a 2-year-old girl he found wandering in the middle of a busy street by herself Wednesday.

The girl, who is OK, was found in the middle of morning traffic on Zuni Street near Cottonwood Drive in Adams County. It’s a highly traveled two-lane road with a speed limit of 30 mph.

Robert Batley has been a letter carrier for 16 years and has stepped up in times of trouble before.

“I’ve seen houses on fire and smoke coming out the window,” he said. “That was scary. I called 911 for that. [Other] things like helping people in the snow, helping push the car out.”

But he never expected to see what he saw driving in the 7800 block of Zuni Street just after 10 a.m. Wednesday.

“This little girl, I guess 2-ish, was right in the middle of the street,” he said. “She had no shoes on, just in a diaper.”

What shocked him the most was no one else was stopping.

“That was the main thing, that nobody wanted to stop,” he said. “I know it’s early in the morning [and] people were on their way to work, but you got to have a little time to stop and help a baby. … My heart was just beating so fast because she could’ve got hit.”

Batley pulled over, grabbed the girl by the hand, took her to the sidewalk and called the Adams County Sheriff’s Office.

“And the police got there, they took her and were trying to talk to her, but she was so young and she didn’t know where she lived,” he said.

Deputies went door to door and found the child’s young grandfather. He told police he thought the girl was watching TV in the basement. When he went to check, she wasn’t there.

Neighbors were just happy to hear she’s OK.

“He’s a great man for him to step in and do that for that child,” neighbor Nicole Mohney said.

The ordeal lasted about 30 minutes. Sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Morgan said the girl’s grandfather will be charged with misdemeanor child abuse for the lack of supervision. The child was unharmed.

When Batley was asked what people could do to show appreciation for his act of kindness, he joked that people could shovel their sidewalks when it snows.

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