Girl, 4, found wandering by bus driver

A Route 56 SEPTA bus driver found a 4-year-old girl alone near the intersection of Torresdale and Magee avenues at 3:12 a.m. yesterday, a SEPTA spokesman said.

The driver, Harlan Jenifer, put the girl, who told him she was on her way to get a slushie from 7-Eleven, on the bus. Jenifer called SEPTA dispatch and Philadelphia police, who were able to locate the girl's mother.

The child was taken to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children for evaluation and was reunited with her mom, police said.

Bus driver assaulted

A Route 54 bus driver was assaulted by two men early yesterday morning, according to a SEPTA spokesman.

The attack occurred on Broad Street near Lehigh Avenue in North Philly about 1:20 a.m. while the bus was stopped, the spokesman said. He did not know what, if anything, provoked the beating. The spokesman said the driver was assaulted in his upper body and taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries and released.

The assailants fled and remained unidentified, the spokesman said.

Body pulled from Schuylkill

The Police Department's Marine Unit recovered the body of an white man in the Schuylkill yesterday afternoon.

The unit responded to reports of a person in the river at Kelly Drive near Ferry Road in East Falls shortly before 4 p.m. and found the man, whose identity has not yet been determined.

His cause of death had not been determined as of last night.

Nutter deputy steps down

After seven years of overseeing Philadelphia's airport, energy office and departments of water, streets, planning and public property, Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Utilities Rina Cutler will leave city government as of April 17, Mayor Nutter announced yesterday.

Cutler, he said, is moving on to become Amtrak's senior director for major station planning and development.

Nutter credited Cutler with leading the effort to construct the $67 million South Street Bridge, expanding the airport, improving the relationship between the city and SEPTA, streamlining the recycling program and increasing the number of bike lanes and trails.

Cutler will be replaced by Deputy Managing Director John Elfrey.

- Stephanie Farr, Vinny Vella

and Mensah M. Dean