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Young girl found wandering by busy highway, home safe with mom

STEWARTVILLE, Minn. (KTTC)- On your commute back home on any given night, it is safe to say that you will not be expecting to see a young child walking along the side of the road. One woman from Stewartville found herself in that exact situation, finding a young girl walking dangerously close to traffic on Highway 63.

It was just another manic Monday for Tiffany Hyke, when something strange caught her eye.

"I was driving down Highway 63 southbound and I noticed an SUV backing up on the northbound lane," says Hyke, "and just a little further up from the SUV was a little baby or person walking."

What she was a 3 1/2-year-old girl, walking in the rain and getting dangerously close to traffic. Once she got closer to the scene, she slammed on the breaks and pulled over.

"I pulled off into the median and I opened my door and took off running."

She sprinted to avoid northbound traffic to get to the little girl on the side of the road who was soaking wet and covered in mud

"She was walking right here, and you can see how close we are to traffic. And I just grabbed her and I pulled her over here and I asked her and she told me and asked her where she was going and she wanted to go to her mom's house."

Her mom's home was nearly four miles away in Stewartville. Tiffany believes the girl walked 3/4 of a mile from a farm her father was working at and wandered off.

"She was so wet, and I remember that her coat was kind of big for her and she was walking along the line just kind of cool and looking back at things like she knew what she was doing and had no worries in the world," says Hyke.

Since people began hearing of the story, she has received compliments about being a hero. Tiffany does not think she has reached that level.

"I just feel like I was doing what any person should do, and I just responded really fast to the situation without thinking what to do," Hyke says. "So, when people say 'Oh, you're a hero,' I'm just like anyone else doing what they should be doing. I don't feel like I'm a hero, I'm just glad she's safe and she's back with her family."

And with a happy ending like that, it is all Tiffany could have wished for when she saw the little girl. 

The girl was returned safely to her parents by a social worker who just happened to be driving by at the time. No charges are being filed against the family.

Tiffany is a nurse and felt the instinct to help when she was needed, but she still believes that anyone else would have done the exact same thing.

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