Exclusive: Boy put on wrong bus

May 12, 2009 2:41:52 PM PDT
A family is looking for answers after they say a young boy was placed on the wrong bus and then dropped off at a busy intersection. With fear in his heart and wings on his feet, 5-year-old Akeem Azan tore through Rosedale, Queens, by himself, looking for his home.

Akeem attends kindergarten at PS 181. Monday afternoon, his family says he was put on the wrong bus. It was a bus for much older children, and instead of being dropped at his after-school program, he was apparently told to get off at Brookville and 147th Street. It was a major intersection, where no one was waiting for him.

"We have to do something about this, because I could lose my son," mother Nadine Graham said.

Akeem doesn't know his address, but thankfully the area looked familiar enough so he could navigate his way home. Amazingly, he made it safely as dashed across one busy street after another. He says he never paused to look out for traffic.

"I run to the road, run and run and run to the road," he said.

When Akeem finally landed at his doorstep, no one was home yet. A kind neighbor watched him for an hour until his family returned. And that's when they learned of Akeem's very real and frightening episode.

"What if he was on the road, something hit him," Graham said. "No one see him, leave him there to die. Anything could happen."

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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