Illinois Man Rescues 7-Year-Old Girl Found Wandering Alone in Englewood

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A Englewood, Illinois man is being called a hero for helping a child he found wandering in freezing temperatures and snow.

“Anybody know this little girl right here?” Tony Taylor said in a Facebook Live. “I just found her off 59th and Halsted.”

Taylor found the girl walking on the street, carrying a laptop and wearing nothing more than a onesie

“We want to acknowledge, salute and honor you for being an angel and a hero, not only in Englewood. You saved a baby’s life,” 16th Ward Ald. Stephanie Coleman said according to ABC 7.

“When I put her in the car, it brought tears to my eyes,” Taylor said. “She said, she just looked at me and said, ‘Mr. Sir, I love you.’ And I said, ‘I love you too.’”

Taylor said he gave her a hoodie to wear and called police before getting  on Facebook Live  to find someone who knew her. Officers arrived a few minutes later and took her to the hospital to be checked out. The girl later told police and Taylor she left home on her own.

“She told me that, ‘I don’t want to go home to my mommy and daddy,’” Taylor said. Taylor said based on the adderess she told him she lived at she had walked about a mile in the snow.

“No one saw her walking? I don’t understand that,” he said. “When I was grabbing her foot, it’s not like she was outside for five minutes. Her feet were, I mean, like icicles. She was just crying and crying and crying.”

Police said they located the girl’s parents and she has temporarily been placed with extended family while the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services investigates the incident.

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