Five-year-old Ameleah Kegly hopped off the bus Monday afternoon to find her mother wasn't waiting for her, ABC News reported.
She walked herself home, but after three hours, her mother still hadn't come home. Tired of waiting around, Ameleah decided to go out searching, and grabbed the keys to the family's black SUV.
She managed to turn the headlights on and put the key in the ignition, but because she hadn't turned it on all the way, the vehicle rolled backwards down the driveway and into the neighbor's yard.
Realizing she needed help, Ameleah called the police, but shied away from revealing all the details at first.
"My mom's car backed out on accident and I need the police. ... I don't know where she is," Ameleah told the dispatcher, according to the Mansfield News Journal.
Fearing that she would get in trouble, she refrained from admitting having attempted to drive the car. "I'm watching TV in my room. ... I don't know who pulled it out."
The report went on to say that the dispatcher eventually figured out what had really happened, and said encouraging things to keep the scared girl on the phone until a police office could get there.
Police quickly found out Ameleah's mother had fallen ill and been rushed to the hospital earlier in the day, and her father never got the message that he was supposed to pick her up from the bus stop, WHDH reported.