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Warning for Parents: Children Left in the Cold with Schools on Delay
CINCINNATI (Angela Ingram) -- A warning Thursday night after police get several calls of children left in the cold at bus stops.
Officers say several parents did not realize schools were on delays Wednesday. They dropped off their children as they always do, leaving the kids to grapple with frigid temperatures.
Dozens of school buses filled the parking lot and the children are bundled up fighting the elements to get to and from school. But Wednesday buses were on a two hour delay and some parents were unaware.
Gina Gambrel helped a stranded child. She said, "As I was pulling out going to work there was a little girl standing on the corner."
She is a block watcher in her neighborhood and fortunately spotted the young girl waiting for the bus.
"I said, 'Do you go to Cincinnati Public Schools?' and she shook her head yeah and I said, 'What school do you go to?' and she said Woodford. I said, 'Honey they're on a two hour delay.'"
Gina called police when she couldn't get a hold of the girl's mother. An officer took the girl to Woodford.
Another officer in Madisonville found a five and seven-year-old alone at a bus stop. Their school had actually been closed. When officers couldn't track down the mother they ended up transporting the kids to their grandmother's house.
Police are hoping parents pay closer attention before leaving kids alone in the frigid weather. Officers also want to warn parents to properly dress their children for the cold. One of the children who was stranded at a bus stop was not wearing any gloves and had the sleeves of her jacket pulled over her hands to protect them from the weather.