[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from January to August 2016.]
She’s kind to her customers, too.
The Domino’s Pizza deliverywoman who has received media attention this week after, sources say, she went above and beyond to care for a 3-year-old she found wandering Morningstar Road alone just after 1 a.m. last week, had won over her co-workers with her caring demeanor — even before her recent heroics.
Lianna Lee-Chong, 20, was described as a “really nice person” by Andrew Blanch, her manager at the Domino’s at 1430 Richmond Ave. in Bulls Head.
“Always great and nice to everybody no matter what, happy go-lucky, looks out for everybody else, tries not to get in anybody’s way; polite, puts the best foot forward, looks ahead,” Blanch said. “She’s a great person, and one of the best employees that work for us right now.”
Lee-Chong found the girl walking by herself on Morningstar, near Richmond Terrace, without a jacket just after 1 a.m. on Thursday, according to multiple law enforcement sources with knowledge of the incident.
She called 911 and cared for the child until police arrived, those sources said.
She reportedly gave the girl her jacket, and played a movie for the child on her cellphone to calm her down.
The mother of the 3-year-old, Gianna Young, 26, of the 2500 block of Richmond Terrace, was arrested after she showed up at the 121 Precinct stationhouse in Graniteville looking for the girl at approximately 10:15 a.m. — some nine hours after the child was found, according to allegations in court documents.
“Somebody told me you had my child,” she told cops, according to the court documents.
The woman was unaware of the child’s whereabouts for about 10 hours, police said.
Young said she has gone to a drugstore because she wasn’t feeling well and thought the baby was sleeping, a source with knowledge of the investigation said.
Young was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
She was arraigned on Friday in Criminal Court and released on her own recognizance.
Her next court date is March 29.