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Preschooler left on school bus alone in Stafford

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An investigation is underway after a bus driver left a child on a bus alone for more than an hour (WFSB) An investigation is underway after a bus driver left a child on a bus alone for more than an hour (WFSB)
STAFFORD, CT (WFSB) -

School officials in Stafford say a preschool student was left on a school bus for more than an hour this week, and now police and the Department of Children and Families are investigating.

It happened on Monday, during one of the two preschool sessions at West Stafford School.

Police said the M&J bus driver picked the child up for afternoon preschool, but never made it to school.

The school then called the child’s parents looking for the child, which caused panic.

Officials said the school called the bus company, who then got in touch with the bus driver, who was at home. School bus drivers are allowed to take buses home when their shift is done.

“I know how terrifying it must have been for that child,” said Joann Williams, of Stafford.

Police said the driver found the child in the bus, and she got the child to school where a nurse checked the child out, and was reported to be doing just fine.

The school district called police and the Department of Children and Families, and investigations are still wide open.

An investigation into how the driver could’ve missed the child is still ongoing.

Police said they plan to apply for an arrest warrant in the next few days, but they are still hammering out the charges with the state’s attorney.

M&J did not respond to multiple requests for comments on Thursday, so the driver’s status is still undetermined, although some parents told Eyewitness News she’s off the job.

The school district notified the parents of the child as soon as this happened, but didn’t blast out the details to all district families, saying this was an isolated incident.

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