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Mom rescues daughter, 8, who fell into flooded sinkhole

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Monica Lindsey is a bus driver and her last-minute decision to take on a DPS route took her to her daughter's school on Monday. But what Monica thought would be a pleasant surprise turned into something from a horror show.

"I was angry. I had sweat, tears, and all I could think about was my daughter drowning in this hole right in front of my eyes!"

Her 8-year-old daughter fell into a flooded sinkhole. Lindsey says the water was up to her daughter's neck.

"She was standing there waving and she just dropped to the ground! And when I looked all you [saw] was her head and her hand [waving]. And she's like, 'Mama help! Mama help!'  And I ran over there and I about lost my heart trying to get my baby out of that hole, and it hurt my heart so bad. And then after that, the other little boy came and fell right in," Lindsey explains to FOX 2's Andrea Isom.

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to watch the report from Isom

Lindsey made sure the other little boy got out of the sinkhole safely.

Lindsey's daughter has been taken to Children's Hospital.

The sinkhole is in front of  J.R. King Elementary School on Detroit's west side.

"One of the administrators from the school, she came out and was like 'Oh my God, the snow, we didn't see it. This must be a new hole,'" Lindsey says. She says the principal of the school said they kept calling the city for help for several week, but nobody came.

Fox 2 reached out to the city for a response and, within seconds, a crew was dispatched to the scene to secure the area. Full repair is schedule for Tuesday.

Meanwhile, back at home, Lindsey's daughter is nursing a little whiplash, lots of scratches and some bruising.

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