It was a tearful reunion as a Hamilton woman had the chance to thank a Good Samaritan who picked up her six-year-old daughter after she wandered away from her elementary school.
Kaylie told CityNews she was having a bad day at school and simply wanted to see her mother.
She was picked up a few blocks later by a stranger who drove her to her mother’s workplace.
“(The woman) was worried about me. She didn’t want me to walk. She was afraid someone would steal me,” Kaylie told CityNews.
Kaylie’s mother Jamie Lynn said she had no idea who this woman was but wanted to thank her face-to-face.
“I just wanted to tell her that she gave me back something that I could never repay her for. She gave me back my daughter,” she explained.
Lynn said shortly after the story aired on CityNews she was able to get in contact with the Good Samaritan thanks to Facebook.
“There were more than 2,000 people who shared my story and wanted to help me find her,” she explained.
It was in the parking lot of the Home Depot where Lynn works that she had the chance to express her gratitude to Jocelyne Aichwalder.
“I just think I’m a person who did what any person would do,” Aichwalder told CityNews.
Lynn said she couldn’t help but think of all things that could have gone wrong.
“Your head just floods with everything that could have happened,” she said. “I don’t want that to happen ever again to my child or anybody else’s child.”
“We are less than 20 minutes away from a major body of water. We are less than an hour away from a border, she would have been gone. It’s scary.”
In light of the incident, Kaylie’s school, Parkdale Elementary, has beefed up its attendance policy.
“We’ve assured that there will be an attendance check in every classroom at every break so our teachers can be sure that all the students are accounted for throughout the day,” said Peter Joshua, superintendent at the Hamilton Wentworth School Board.
Kaylie says she has learned the dangers of getting into a car with a stranger and will not be doing it again.