'I couldn't imagine not helping her': Bus driver's instincts rescue missing child

11-year-old Pandora Phipps was found four miles from home


Lakesha English had only been driving buses for the Butler County Regional Transit Authority for six weeks when the unthinkable happened.

"I seen an itty bitty, little tiny girl sitting over in the corner and as soon as I pulled up, I gravitated straight to her, sir. I had a feeling in my soul that something wasn't right," English said.

The little girl she spotted was 11-year-old Pandora Phipps, who had been reported missing by her parents who lived four miles away.

"I asked her how she get there and she told me she walked," said English.

English says her instincts as a mom told her to take care of her and get Pandora home.

You can hear in the bus' surveillance footage she tells Pandora, "Be careful. You can sit right there and get warm if you want to."

"I couldn't imagine pulling away from that stop and not helping her. Anything could have happened to her. The wrong person could have approached her," English said.

Pandora is now safe and sound thanks to the caring stranger who brought her home.

ā€œIt warms my heart. It really does. I'm trying not to cry. I've been trying not to cry. I spoke with her mom last night. It really warms my heart, you know, and I would do it ten times over again,ā€ English said.