Young child left on bus found wandering on road

Posted at 1:10 PM, Jan 13, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-13 19:12:06-05

DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) - A child spotted wandering along Courthouse Rd. Monday morning had been left alone on the bus, Dinwiddie Sheriff's investigators said.

The bus driver did not properly check the bus before leaving it parked near a church, sheriff's investigators told CBS 6 senior reporter Wayne Covil.

“In this case, one of our driers made a mistake” says Dinwiddie County Schools Superintendent David Clark Monday afternoon.

Clark says policy and procedures are in place to avoid what happened Monday Morning.

But that didn’t happen Clark says, Monday morning.

The five-year-old rode the bus to school, but was sleeping on one of the seats and didn’t get off.

As the bus driver finished up her route and parked the bus, Clark says she only walked part of the way back.

The five year old boy got off the bus, in the parking lot of Mount Level Church and started walking down Courthouse Road.

"A citizen walked into the Sheriff's Office and reported that a small child was walking up Courthouse Road, just south of the Sheriff's Office location” said Major William Knott, with the Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office.

Another driver stopped and stayed with the child, as a deputy was pulling up.

The small boy was then taken to school.

The status of the bus driver is unknown, as the School System says it is a personnel matter and can’t be discussed in public.

Superintendent Clark did say it is a veteran driver without any infractions in her time with the school system.

No charges have been filed in this case and the investigation is on-going.