Witnesses are calling it a frightening situation.
A toddler stopped traffic on Southwest Avenue in south St. Louis Monday. Fox 2 News reports that the child had been in the care of the Top of the Hill Daycare in the 5800 block of Southwest, when he wandered into the middle of the street.
One witness says the child in the street wasn't the only thing that was disturbing. "And on the curb, probably the hero in this thing, was a little girl, who was probably about five, holding back other toddlers from running into the street."
Several cars stopped, their drivers corralling the child and getting him out of the road, then calling police.
Police are now investigating.
The daycare has a sign that reads “state licensed,” but according to the Department of Health And Senior Services, that license expired at the end of March. Police say the daycare is licensed with the city of St. Louis.
A broken water main is forcing some south city residents to boil their water.
The city of St. Louis has issued a boil order while crews finish repairs to a 12-inch water main at Jamieson and Westway Road, near Francis Park. The boil order affects the southwestern part of the city, including those south of Arsenal, west of Hampton, north of Eichelberger and east of River Des Peres.
Residents are instructed to boil water for three minutes before drinking it or using it in cooking. If water sample tests due back Tuesday afternoon are clear, the boil order could be lifted at that time.
Because of the boil order, all three campuses of the Word of Life Lutheran School and Step Ahead Childcare Academy in Southwest St. Louis will be closed Tuesday.
An 87 year old woman is dead, two others people are in the hospital after a man fleeing police crashed into the car she was in.
St. Louis police say officers were trying to locate an 18 year old man who was wanted by another jurisdiction. Officers found him in a car at Grand and Osage about 3:00 p.m. Police say the man sped away when officers approached.
Witnesses told police that the man's car slammed into the other vehicle, and he took off on foot. Police caught him a short time later.
The 87 year old woman and two other people in the car with her were taken to the hospital. The woman later died. The other two victims are expected to survive.
Police say a car pulled in front of the officer who was driving in his personal car just after midnight at Hampton and Milentz in St. Louis Hills.
The man has been a police officer since 1993.
Fifteen year old Demetrius Murphy had been charged in the 2011 attack on Matt Quain, the man Mayor Francis Slay and his body guard had found bleeding at the curb along South Grand.
Murphy had been charged in the attack, but those charges were dropped after a young witness refused to testify in that case.
Quain spoke with Fox 2 News Monday night after learning about Murphy's death. "You know, I'm not happy that somebody died," Quain said. But he did say he wished the violence would end. "I wish there was more that people could do to put an end to it."
Murphy's alleged burglary accomplice, 17 year old Michael Bryant is facing murder charges in the 15 year old's death. The homeowner is not expected to be charged.