BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - A Broward County School District bus driver and aide have been accused of leaving a special-needs child on a bus for four hours, Pembroke Pines police said.
Thomas Mobley, 64, and Sarah Brown, 58, were both charged with child neglect. Police said the 6-year-old autistic boy was left unsupervised and locked in his seat belt.
On the morning of May 23, Mobley, of Miami Gardens, and Brown, of Hallandale, dropped off a group of children at Dania Elementary School in Dania Beach, at 300 SE 2nd Ave., according to Pembroke Pines police.
"The driver and the aide failed to count the special-needs students at the school," said Capt. Dan Rakofsky, a Pembroke Pines police spokesman. "Then they parked the bus at the bus depot in Pembroke Pines and failed to check the bus for any remaining students."
Mobley discovered the child when he returned to the bus for his afternoon route and notified his supervisor, Rakofsky said.
Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue responded to the bus depot, at 900 S. University Drive, and treated the child on the scene.
Detectives later reviewed bus surveillance video that showed Mobley and Brown getting off the bus without checking if any children had been left behind, Rakofsky said.
The case was filed with the State Attorney's Office and warrants were issued for Mobley's and Brown's arrest.
Brown and Mobley were arrested. They were both released on $1,000 bond.
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