An alert school bus driver spotted a child wandering alone north of Dallas Love Field airport Tuesday morning.
Officers were called after the bus driver, Audrey Wyrick, found the child near Timberline Drive and Norwalk Avenue shortly before 7 a.m.
“I'm thinking, like, 'OK, what is going on? Why is this child out on the street this early in the morning?' I was frightened. I was scared,” said Wyrick.
Wyrick pulled the bus over, and Sharon Kallmeyer, the bus monitor, hopped out.
“I said, ‘Hey, there, darling. Want to go find mommy? Show me where mommy is.’ He pointed and started walking, and he went that way, and I said, 'Ah-ah.' It was so dark in that area,” said Kallmeyer.
Wyrick said she contacted dispatch, and the dispatcher told her to call the police.
A Spanish-speaking officer asked the little boy where he lived, and the boy told the officer his address.
The officer who knocked on the door at that address found a group of children getting ready to go to school.
Police called the boy's mother, who was at work. She said she had dropped the boy off at his babysitter's house one block away.
The case was referred to Child Protective Services, which is investigating the incident.
Both Wyrick and Kallmeyer said they are just glad he is safe.
“We just shook all morning, because this has never happened to us. We feel very blessed,” said Kallmeyer.
The boy was released to his mother. Police said no criminal charges are expected to be filed against her.
NBC 5's Frank Heinz and Ray Villeda contributed to this report.