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“Right place at the right time,” Salem mailman scoops toddler away from traffic after day care escape

December 13, 2023


SALEM – David Moulton has been a mail carrier for eight years. Now he can add life saver to his resume.

“They say God’s mysterious. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time,” Moulton told reporters Tuesday.

Police say a three-year-old had wandered from a day care center in Salem, Massachusetts Friday and spent about a half hour roaming sidewalks along bustling streets before Moulton spotted him and called 911.

“I just scooped him up before he got into the street over there,” he said pointing to busy Congress Street. “He’s got no shoes and no jacket on, it’s like, this isn’t right. I’m wearing four layers of clothing you know,” he said. “He ran past me this way first in the park. At first, I didn’t think anything of it, I thought he was playing with kids or something like that, and then all of a sudden, he zipped by me again, I thought he’s heading to a busy street,” he said. “He was shaking; he was shivering; he was cold.”

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