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PD: CT bus driver arrested after 6-year-old left on bus alone

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Guillermo Garcia  was arrested after police said he left a child alone on a school bus in Glastonbury in June. (Glastonbury Police Department) Guillermo Garcia was arrested after police said he left a child alone on a school bus in Glastonbury in June. (Glastonbury Police Department)
GLASTONBURY, CT (WFSB) -

A bus driver from East Hartford was arrested after police said he left a child alone on a school bus in Glastonbury in June.

 Guillermo Garcia was charged with risk of injury to a child and second-degree reckless endangerment on Monday. 

The arrest of Garcia comes after police said a 6-year-old boy was left on a bus after the vehicle was returned to the bus yard on Nutmeg Lane on June 29. 

Garcia was a school bus driver for Access Transportation and was transporting students, who were involved in a summer school program, from a school in Wethersfield to their homes in the same town on June 29 

However, police said an unidentified boy was left on the bus when Garcia parked the vehicle. Police added that Garcia "exited the bus apparently not realizing the student was still on the bus."

Access Transportation Director Holly Annino told Eyewitness News that after about 30 minutes, a maintenance guy heard the child crying on the bus and discovered him in the school bus. 

Police said the student "is believed to have suffered no health effects from this incident." 

Annino told Eyewitness News that Garcia was fired on the spot because they said he failed to follow company protocol, which require drivers to check their vehicles before they leave for the day. 

"We train our drivers every single month we have safety meetings and this is just something that will be a first and last time experience," Annino said.  

She added all of their current drivers have gone through enhanced safety training.

Annino told Eyewitness News the company also apologizes to the family of the boy.

Eyewitness News did knock on Garcia's door on Tuesday afternoon, but the woman who answered told Eyewitness News he was not home.  

The bail for Garcia was set a $5,000. His court arraignment was scheduled for Aug. 30 at Manchester Superior Court.  

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