Handicapped Child Left on Bus

A three-year-old girl in a wheelchair was left on school bus not once but twice in one day.

Now her parents want to know how their daughter was overlooked.

The driver is a special needs bus driver trained in helping handicapped children.

Apparently she didn't see a little girl sitting in the back of the small bus earlier this week.

The driver drove home for a break only to find the girl a couple of hours later.

Usually three-year old Kylie Perkins rides to preschool on the bus in her wheelchair but on Tuesday she never made it.

“She told me she left her on the bus and I asked how long was on the bus and she said just don't ask!” says Kylie’s babysitter Barb Bradley says after she talked to the bus driver.

The little girl suffering from spina bifida was left in her wheelchair in the back of a four-row bus for an estimated 2 hours.

“Kylie just told me that she fell on the bus and that she has ‘boo-boos’ and she kept pointing to her upper legs and that she kept saying ‘help me help me’ but I didn't come to get her,” says Kylie’s mother Candy after talking with her daughter.

Candy and Barb also found out Kylie was left again only to be discovered on the floor the second time.

“She found her in the wheelchair the first time… then went to the bus garage left on her the bus went to tell her boss came back out and she was on the floor,” says Candy.

“She knows how to get out of a wheelchair but I'm sure if you were stuck in there for 2 hours and left again you would try to get help,” she added.

Bremen’s Public Schools Superintendent says the bus driver, who has been driving for 38 years, won't be driving a bus anymore. He says she made a mistake and didn't follow procedure but he won't say whether or not she will be working the corporation anymore because it’s a personal matter.

Although apologies have been made questions still linger for Candy and Barb; how it happened, twice and when Kylie will ride the bus again?

“Just said that she seen this on TV and kept thinking how can leave a kid on the bus and then she did it,” Candy says the bus driver told her when she was apologizing for the accident.

“When you drive a special needs bus it should be automatic that you check everywhere before you abandon the bus,” added Barb.

There were only two other children riding the bus.

They are dropped off first and typically Kylie is dropped off next. She obviously needs help using the lift to get off the bus or else she can't get out.

Candy Perkins says she is just thankful it wasn’t a typical cold day in December or else Kylie could have gotten sick because is recovering after a twelve-hour operation this past month.

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