Driver Charged with Neglect After Boy Left on Va. School Bus

July 9, 2010

A substitute driver and a monitor face felony child neglect charges after a 5-year-old boy was left on a Richmond school bus for about an hour.

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Mary E. Langer says the driver, 43-year-old Alvin Matthews of Hopewell, and the monitor, 60-year-old Irene Jenkins of Chesterfield County, were each charged Thursday with one neglect count.

Richmond schools spokeswoman Felicia Cosby says a monitor was assigned to the bus because it was for children with special needs.

The boy has autism and asthma. He was riding a school bus Tuesday morning to Summer Hill Elementary School for a summer educational program. He was still on the bus when it returned to the school bus depot.

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