Mother of boy with autism left on school bus in 2016 filing lawsuit

Posted at 5:57 AM, Apr 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-05 10:26:01-04

The mother of a boy with autism who was left on a Polk County school bus twice last year is now filing a lawsuit.

The child was left on the bus asleep after other students exited. He looked around the empty, locked bus and eventually open up the emergency exit window and jump to the road below.

Investigators believe he hitchhiked a ride 30 miles back home.

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Then the same thing happened later on that week.

Now his mother is seeking $75,000 in damages from Our Children's Academy, Polk County School District and School Board of Polk County.

She says the Electronic Child Monitoring System on the bus was deactivated, that the academy failed to report the kid was missing from school that day and that the district and board did not adequately train the bus driver.

She says negligent behavior on the part of the parties was responsible for the incident.

The Polk County school bus driver and attendant who faced charges of child neglect werecleared of all charges in June.

The mother's cause for filing the suit were negligent supervision, negligence, negligent infliction of emotional distress, intentional infliction of emotional distress and false imprisonment.