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EXCLUSIVE: 11 News Talks To Woman Who Helped Wandering Child

By: Kristin Haubrich/KKTV
By: Kristin Haubrich/KKTV

A 4-year-old girl is safe at home thanks to a Springs mom.

Nicole Guerra was at the busy Murray and Platte intersection in Colorado Springs Tuesday morning when she saw a little girl standing all by herself out in the street.

"She was wearing thin jammies, no coat, no socks and no shoes. She was really cold and dirty, not in very good shape at all," Guerra recalled.

Guerra said her instincts immediately kicked in, and she yelled for the child to come to her car while she called police.

The little girl told Guerra she was on her way to McDonald's. Guerra gave the girl some of her food from the fast food restaurant, and also gave her clothes.

"I had a pair of socks and a coat in the car," Guerra, who has her own young children, told 11 News. Guerra's children were the reason she knew she had to step in and help.

"I hope that if my kids, if something ever happened to my kids somebody would do the same," she said.

Officers took the child, identified as 4-year-old Olivia, to the police station and put out her picture in hopes that someone would recognize her. A few hours later, Olivia's father contacted police. Olivia was soon reunited with her mom.

Police say Olivia's father had been watching her that morning and fell asleep, giving her time to slip out of the house. He faces misdemeanor child abuse charges.

Guerra is grateful Olivia is going to be okay.

"I just wanted to hug her and cry," she said.


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