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Bus Driver Stops Kidnapping by Following Parental Instincts

Tim Watson/ABC News

The Short of It

A northern California bus driver is being hailed as a hero after he stopped a kidnapping in progress, just by using some quick thinking and his parental instincts.

The Lowdown

Friday morning, Tim Watson, a Valley Transportation Authority bus driver, heard a 3-year-old boy was missing. A little while later, he noticed a man on his bus with a little boy who matched the description of the missing child.

"I saw his teary eye," Watson told ABC News.

He knew he had to find a way to contact authorities without arousing suspicion, so he made up a story about a missing backpack and pulled over to pretend to look for it. In reality, the brave bus driver was calling police. They were there to meet the bus when it reached the Fremont station.

"I feel I did what any father would do," Watson said.


The Upshot

Watson's hunch had been right. Alfonso Edington was attempting to kidnap the little boy. According to ABC, a struggled ensued, but the child was safely freed from the abductor.

Watson says he just lost it when he learned he had stopped a real kidnapping.

"I became very emotional. This could have been my child that was abducted," said the father of two.

Thank goodness, this bus driver acted on his hunch. I shudder to think what could have happened to that boy if Watson had not called police.

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