2-year-old left in stiffling van in Brooklyn

May 3, 2010 2:49:09 PM PDT
A 2-year-old boy is safe thanks to a Good Samaritan with a good eye and good insticts."I'd like to think things happen for a reason," said Delores Pampino.

That's the only rational explanation for what happened to Delores Pampino Monday morning.

She was walking to work around 10:30am when she noticed something out of the corner of her eye, something out of place inside a van.

"I said to myself, is that a little boy, so turned around went back and sure as God, it was a little boy," said Delores.

It was a little boy in the plaid jacket, a 2-year-old, he was standing inside the van between the two front seats.

"(Was anybody else in the van?) Nobody. (Was it locked?) Was on one side but the other door was open so I opened the door, put my arms out, come here baby, he came right to me," explained Delores.

Delores called 911, police at the 61 precinct came to the van and eventually tracked down the driver and gave him a call.

"Told him, his van had been stolen so they would get him there, he fell for it line and sinker, soon as he came he was cuffed," said Delores.

Police say the driver and a matron were suppose to be brining the toddler to the Shalom Day Care Center, but instead left him in the van.

Both employees of the private transport company were taken into custody.

As a precaution, the toddler was taken to Coney Island Hospital, still clinging to Delores, he hadn't shed a tear.

The pair was finally reunited with the boy's mother.

"She hugged me for about six minutes, you're an angel, an angel," said Delores.

Police say the little boy had been inside that dark, stifling van for at least an hour maybe more, leaving no doubt in Delores' mind, things do happen for a reason.