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article imageToddler left on school bus due to driver's error

By Joe Z Hudson     Jan 30, 2014 in World
Franklin - New Jersey officials have fired a school bus driver after a toddler was left on his bus for me than six hours after the child was forgotten about.
Left in freezing conditions the three-year-old was left on the bus with out food, water or heat until he was discovered at 2pm.
The manager of the bus company told the Courier News of Bridgewater said the driver ignored a child reminder system that requires the driver to walk to the back of the bus to disable an alarm but it is reported that the driver went round the outside of the bus and opened and shut the rear door without looking inside.
Mishiloh Akturk, the boy's mother, told “I never received a call from the school saying that he didn’t show up that day, 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.”
“Thank God I bundled him with layers and his hat and gloves, 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. Everything seems OK right now. He’s a real trooper.”
Franklin Township Public Schools are said to be investigating why the child's absence didn't trigger a call home.
Superintendent Edward Seto said in a statement: "We are very grateful that the student in question appears to be fine. We remain extremely concerned about what happened and have taken appropriate steps with regard to the driver of the vehicle."
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