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RCMP investigating incident of child left on bus found wandering on highway

A kindergarten-aged child who had reportedly been left on a school bus the morning of Jan. 18 was found wandering along Highway 881. RCMP say they are investigating the incident.
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ST. PAUL – Police have confirmed they are investigating an incident that happened on Tuesday morning, where a young child was found wandering alone on Highway 881, near Township Road 582, within the County of St. Paul. 

The location is about a mile outside of the Town of St. Paul.

Lakeland Today previously reported that the child was forgotten on a school bus after morning drop-offs, and wandered from a yard. According to the St. Paul Education school division, the bus driver was relieved of his duties, and the division said it would cooperate with an RCMP investigation if one were to take place.

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St. Paul RCMP say they received a report of a child found wandering on the highway at about 9:30 a.m.

"A concerned motorist had found the child and brought the child to the RCMP detachment," according to police. Outdoor temperatures at the time were well below -20C.

St. Paul RCMP have initiated an investigation into the incident and are asking anyone with dash cam footage on Jan. 18, between 8:45 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. in the area of Highway 881 and Twp Rd 582 to contact St. Paul RCMP at 780-645-8870, or any local police.

"As this is an ongoing investigation no further information is available at this time," according to RCMP.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

Janice Huser

About the Author: Janice Huser

Janice Huser has been with the St. Paul Journal since 2006. She is a graduate of the SAIT print media journalism program, is originally from St. Paul and has a passion for photography.
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