A shocking image shows a ten-month-old baby crawling across a busy road in a sight that will strike terror into all parents.
Thankfully the infant was not struck by a passing car after a hero motorist blocked the road – which has a 40mph speed limit – to protect him.
Stunned Cory Cannon said it is lucky the baby was not killed after getting out of his home unaccompanied.
The 41-year-old driver swerved across the road after seeing the child, who he initially mistook for a plastic toy.
The married father-of-one slowed down – and was horrified when he saw the object move, and realised it was a baby.
The tot was crawling on all fours in the middle of the busy road.
The TV technician stopped traffic with his vehicle, before snapping a photo as “evidence” while he raced towards the little one.
Terrified he would be accused of taking the baby, he quickly called to a neighbour to come and pick up the little boy while he held back the traffic in Lakewood, New Jersey.
He spotted a nearby home with an open door and screen – and alerted the father who was inside and apparently oblivious to his missing child, on Saturday afternoon, he said.
Cory, from Eatontown, New Jersey, USA, said: “I wasn’t sure what it was until I saw the baby move.
“I walked up to the child and the neighbour came out and picked up the baby. She wasn’t exactly sure where he had come from.
“I was so shocked. It’s a pretty busy road but because it’s a Saturday it was much quieter. It was such a dangerous situation.
“I have a four-month-old daughter so it really hit home.”
The police have investigated and discovered the infant might have escaped through a door that was left open by an older sibling, reports said.
Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles said state child welfare workers had been in contact with the baby’s family, according to local newspaper Asbury Park Press.