COLUMBUS, OH (WBNS/CNN) - A twist of fate may have saved a young boy's life.
Three women went to a restaurant that they rarely go to, nearby Fitzy's Diner, and they just happened to see a child in distress.
Tuesday was an emotional day for the three women, all moms. They're also all co-workers at a nursing home.
"I have an almost 2-year-old," Jordan Stanley said.
"We're caregivers, it's almost like a Spidey sense, almost. It never turns off," Tirzah Wise said.
"We never go (to Fitzy's Diner.) It was all sort of a strange fluke. It felt like it was really meant to happen," Wise said.
They pulled into the lot, then moved spots right next to a daycare bus.
The bus had its "windows up, doors shut, darkened tinted windows," Wise said.
One of the women saw something inside.
"When I looked onto the bus, I just saw like the shadows of him," Taylor Stanley said.
She realized it was a child.
"I was like, no, there's no way, no, that's impossible because it was empty otherwise," Jordan Stanley said.
But it was possible. The bus was thankfully unlocked. The women rushed to get the little boy out.
"He was still buckled in his car seat," Taylor Stanley said.
"I went to pick him up, and he was soaked. He was drenched and so hot. He could barely talk," Wise said.
The women learned his daycare was at an outing at the nearby movie theater. They're told he was in the bus for about an hour.
The boy's age was not given
"I couldn't imagine how scared he was, " Taylor Stanley said.
"He told us that, for every second for an hour, he was trying to get his seatbelt off, " Jordan Stanley said.
Two of the daycare workers have been charged with child endangerment and neglect. The daycare didn't respond to requests for comment.
These women are responsible for others' safety as well. They often take their residents on outings and can't believe this happened.
"We go through the same procedure, you do your counts, you always double check, always make sure no one's left on the bus," Taylor Stanley said.
Fitzy's, the restaurant they never go to, is now a favorite.
Employees at the restaurant let the group bring the child in and helped care for him after the incident until he was reunited with his mother and given the all clear by emergency medical services.
"It was really, really emotional," Wise said.