Toddler left on frigid bus for nearly 6 hours | Mansfield News Journal | mansfieldnewsjournal.com
FRANKLIN, N.J. - A school bus driver was fired after a toddler was
left on his bus in the frigid temperatures for several hours Tuesday.
Mishiloh Akturk said she put her 3-year-old son on a Mercer
Transportation school bus about 8 a.m. for his ride to Franklin Park,
About 2 p.m., Akturk, who was waiting at the bus stop at the end of
the school day, received a call from the transportation office alerting
her that her son had spent the school day on the bus.
"I never received a call from the school saying that he
didn't show up that day," she said. "I got a call at about 2 p.m.
saying he sat on the bus all day without heat or food or anything. I
guess he fell asleep and was sitting in the back."
Akturk said her son just recently started attending the school.
"Thank God I bundled him with layers and his hat and gloves," she
said. "He sat on that bus for five-plus hours. He could have died. He
could have frozen to death. The EMT was there and checked him out. He
seems fine. He's was happy and eating his lunch when I got there."
The manager at Mercy Transportation said the part-time bus driver,
who started with the company at the beginning of the school year, was
fired on the spot.