Bus driver abandons special needs child

Posted at 8:48 PM, May 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-06 21:51:58-04

A 10-year-old special needs boy was abandoned by a Talbot County school bus driver Friday morning, according to the Easton Police Department.

The bus driver dropped the child off at an intersection, because he was misbehaving. The driver told the boy he would return in a half an hour. When the driver returned the boy was gone.

The bus driver contacted the child's mother, but she was unaware her son was abandoned.  Police say, due to the child's condition, he should not have been allowed off the bus. Officers and employees of Talbot County Public Schools were able to locate the child within minutes in good health.

The bus driver, Michael J. Prager, 67, and an aide on the bus, Melodie L. Warner, 60, were both charged with one count of neglect of a minor.

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