A brave toddler takes matters into her own hands, dialing 911 to save herself and another child from a dangerous and neglectful situation.
For many, contacting the police or dialing 911 is a rare occurrence, perhaps never even needed in their lifetime. However, last week, I found myself witnessing a dangerous, possibly intoxicated driver putting the lives of fellow commuters at risk during rush hour. This reckless individual weaved between lanes, even crossing the double-white lines of a highway onramp to get ahead, despite the impending bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Upon calling 911, I discovered that several others had already reported this hazardous driver. Soon after, state police arrived and apprehended the driver, making the roads safer for everyone. I felt proud to have contributed to public safety.
In another alarming incident, a three-year-old toddler dialed 911 for a dramatic reason, leaving officers in disbelief upon their arrival. The horrifying reality was that this young child had been left to care for another baby, with the parents expecting her to be responsible for the infant’s well-being. The toddler, fortunately, took the right step and sought help.
Despite not fully understanding the extent of the danger she was in, the child’s decision to call the police ultimately saved both her life and the life of the one-year-old in her care. She remained on the line with the 911 operator for eight minutes until Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene in Oak Hill, Florida.
Upon arrival, the deputies were shocked by the appalling conditions in which the toddler, baby, and three aggressive dogs had been left. The children were wearing filthy diapers, and they were running around barefoot amidst dog feces. One of the dogs was roaming freely, while the other two were confined to cages. The officers were further horrified to find a loaded gun within the children’s reach, an empty fridge, and no food available.
The 26-year-old mother, Yajaira Tirado, was later arrested and charged with two counts of child neglect. Initially, she lied to the authorities, claiming she had only been gone for five minutes to buy groceries with a neighbor. However, under pressure, she eventually confessed to leaving the toddler in charge and assuming the shotgun was broken.
A neighbor reported witnessing Tirado leaving the trailer on a golf cart for unknown reasons. Following the incident, the children were removed from her custody, and the state is now investigating the extent of the abuse.
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