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Video shows child left alone to wander busy bus station

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Surveillance video shows a little girl left alone at a busy Nashville bus terminal wandering for hours before anyone did anything.

The child wasn't hurt but was a bit confused. After hours of walking around the bus station, finally, a woman realized the little girl needed help.

Just before 4 p.m., a busy time downtown at the Music City Central bus terminal, cameras captured a mother walking in the waiting area with her 3-year-old daughter.

Minutes later, the mom is seen leaving to board a bus, seemingly unaware her child wasn't with her.

"My initial thought was, 'how do you leave your child?'" said MTA passenger Mary Owens.

But, the girl didn't panic. She then wandered around, even walking up to several passengers.

While a few people are seen stopping to talk to her, they all eventually leave to get on a bus, too, no one realizing the toddler is all alone.

Four hours after the girl first walked in the waiting area, one woman realized something was wrong, grabbed the girl's hand and brought her to get help.

Police arrived to investigate, and just after 8 p.m., the mother, Mwisa Sumaili, showed up.

Officers said she told them she didn't know why she left the child.

Sumaili was arrested and charged with child neglect. According to police, she was also under the influence of an intoxicant.

Some MTA passengers could only shake their heads after hearing what happened.

"It's really shocking that she would go across town and leave her child like that. I would have panicked," Owens said.

Sumaili apparently caught a bus to the Jefferson Street area, and it's not clear what she did all that time she was gone.

There was no answer at the mother's home or telephone number when Channel 4 News tried to reach her for comment.

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