Bedford deputies commend drivers for stopping to help wandering toddler

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BEDFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) Bedford County deputies are thanking the people who saved a little boy's life over the weekend.

James Muse and his wife were driving home Saturday when they saw a two-year-old boy standing in the middle of Quarterwood Road in Montvale. They stopped to help the boy and deputies believe they saved his life.

WDBJ7 reported Monday on a two year old who was found in the middle of Quarterwood Road in Montvale Saturday afternoon. Deputies say the boy may have died, if it weren't for the actions of strangers who stopped to take care of the child.

James Muse and his wife were driving home when they saw the boy standing in the road. They got out of their vehicle, called 911, and stayed with the child until deputies could arrive.

"It scared me so bad that I was just torn all to pieces," Muse told WDBJ7. "I love kids and that hurt me. He was the most loving little boy you've ever seen."

Nicholas Grooters, the child's father, remains in jail on felony child neglect charges.

Social services continues to have custody of the boy.