MILWAUKEE, WI- A Wisconsin seven- year old is telling his harrowing story, after he ended up spending several hours alone in the freezing cold, due to a mix up on his way to daycare.
Seven- year old Zechariah Bradley was excited to ride the bus to daycare for the first time Monday.
But, a major mishap left the boy outside his empty home for several hours.
"They put him on the wrong bus, the bus driver just dropped him off and just told him to get off the bus. Said it was his stop," said Zechariah's mother Martie.
His mother, Martie Bradley, says Zechariah was placed on his morning bus, a bus that takes him to his home near 40th and Stark Streets.
Martie was still at work... And says her son was supposed to be dropped off at daycare, just across the street from his school at 91-st and brown deer.
Zechariah says he was so scared and confused, he left his hat and gloves on the bus.
"Not knowing where your son is. It`s something you never want to feel," said Martie.
The boy couldn't get into his home, or his nearby uncle's house.
"My hands were getting very cold and I couldn't move them," Zechariah said.
He ended up in an alley, crying alone in the dark.
Neighbor Renee Love heard those cries.
"I said, 'You haven't been in the house since you got home from school?' and he said no so I told him 'come on,'" Love recalled.
Love stayed with the boy in her home until Martie got home.
The mother says no one from hope Christian school, or Riteway buses, could tell her where her son was.
The boy was still in pain when Martie came home, she called 9-1-1. Martie says Zechariah didn't suffer from frostbite, but could be sensitive to the cold for years to come.
As a 'thank you' to his kind neighbor, Zechariah gave Love a homemade bracelet and warm hug.