MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Update: The bus driver and bus attendant who allegedly left a special needs child on a Monroe City school bus have been arrested.
34-year-old Christopher Yates and 55-year-old Vicky Hampton have been charged with one count of felony cruelty to juveniles. Police say Yates performed a check of the bus he was driving after returning to the Monroe City bus barn on Auburn Lane, but did not check underneath the seats.
They say Yates told them that the child had climbed under the seats in the past. Yates' bond was set at one thousand dollars.
Hampton also gave a deposition to police saying that she left the bus early before the bus was parked when they got back to the bus barn. She also said she was distracted while talking to a teacher at Sallie Humble Elementary and did not perform a complete check of the bus to see if anyone was left on it.
April 5th - The mother of a 10-year-old Monroe City School's student tells KNOE her son was left on the bus after students were dropped off Tuesday morning at Sally Humble Elementary School.
The mother says her son, who is somewhat developmentally disabled, was found wandering in the lot where the buses are parked around 10:00 AM Tuesday.
Administration at the school told KNOE they are aware of the incident and have informed the proper authorities. The mother tells KNOE she has filed a police report about the incident
School Board President Rodney McFarland tells KNOE that Superintendent Brent Vidrine did send a message to board members regarding an incident involving a student and a bus driver, but it did not go into detail.