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4-year-old found wandering alone on road after failing to arrive at daycare, rescued by kind stranger

Brittany Jordan

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A little boy who wandered away from his daycare center alone was reunited with his parents after a good Samaritan intervened earlier this month.

Four-year-old Jasir Allen from Kalamazoo, Michigan, normally bids farewell to his father Jeffery at 8:30 a.m. as he boards the bus for Pre K International Childcare Center. But on March 22, his family believe he never made it inside the building.

An woman, who remains unnamed, spotted Jasir wandering alone on Kalamazoo’s East Main Street around 11 a.m., and alarm bells rang. She turned her car around to investigate.

Pre K International Childcare Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan (Screenshot/Google Maps)

“I got a 4-year-old, and I said, ‘Let me stop and ask him some questions,’” the woman told CBS, adding that “the poor little boy was just lost.”

Jasir had strayed half a mile from his daycare. “He didn’t want to get in the car, but I had to tell him, ‘I won’t hurt you,’” his rescuer recalled. “I wouldn’t feel right if I just rode past him like everyone else did.”

Jasir eventually gave in and clung to his rescuer. She notified police, who quickly arranged to have him brought to his grandmother Stephanie Allen’s house. Stephanie called her daughter—Jasir’s mom—Evelese Dean, who was sleeping after a work shift.

“It’s not something you want to wake up to, that your son was alone, trying to cross a busy street in the morning,” Evelese told MLive. “I’m grateful for the people who found him … there’s a possibility I never could have seen him again.

“The Kalamazoo River is on that side of town. He could have wandered off that way. He tried to walk into the road. He could have been hit by a car … I still can’t stop thinking about the what-ifs.”

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Jasir and his mom Evelese Dean (Courtesy of Evelese Dean)

The hours between Jasir’s bidding farewell to his father and his being found remain unaccounted for.

The boy claims he stepped off a green bus, and the bus driver “left and never came back.” His grandmother believes her grandson’s account, suspecting he fell asleep on the bus and never checked in to daycare.

After her son’s safe return, Evelese drove to Pre K International to speak to staffers, and claims they assured her Jasir was in his classroom.

The daycare center has since suspended bus routes, pending investigation by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. In the meantime, Evelese has pulled her son out of daycare for the remainder of the school year.

“The right people stepped in,” she reflected, “and the right people found my son and made sure he got home to me.”

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Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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