MADISON, Wis. -

A city of Madison snowplow driver is being credited with preventing a bad situation from becoming much worse.

Shortly after 2 p.m. on Tuesday the snowplow driver was clearing snow on Sunfish Court when he spotted a 2-year-old child out by himself wearing only a diaper and a T-shirt.

The driver stopped and when he approached the child, he noticed a length of twine tied around the boy’s waist. The snowplow driver called Madison police.

“Shortly thereafter, the mother does show up on the scene and it turns out she had tied the child with a piece of twine to a bed while she was out doing errands,” said Joel DeSpain, public information officer for the Madison Police Department. “The child was evidently able to at least un-tie the portion of the twine that was tied to the bed and go outside, because when the plow driver sees him and when we arrived the child still has the piece of twine tied around his waist.”

The child’s mother, 22-year-old Katrena Salmon was arrested on a tentative charge of child neglect. She was booked and released. The 2-year-old boy was taken to an area hospital to be checked. The child is now in temporary foster care.

“We don’t know how long that child was out there, but had that plow driver not come along at the time that he did and the child spent more time out in the elements we could be looking at a very different situation,” DeSpain said.