Updated 10/17/2008 10:18 AM
Bronx Boy Abandoned On Bus
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A Bronx family was reunited in Schuylerville after police say their autistic toddler was left on a school bus for hours Thursday.
When the mother of three-year-old Jose Lopez, Jr. went to P.S. 168 to pick him up Thursday, she was told the boy was not there.
Lopez was found on his school bus, his diaper soaked.
Police say he was on the bus for six hours. The boy was treated and released from Jacobi Medical Center.
The boy said he was thirsty and he had not eaten the entire time. Lopez had a lunchbox, but his father says he did not have the awarness to eat.
"He could have died if it was 90 degrees," said Jose Lopez, the boy's father.
The driver of the bus, 25-year-old Terry Rocker, and the matron, Charlene Powell, 47, were charged with reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child.
"This is a big situation. We're going to work out the situation, because we don't want this to happen to other kids," said Lopez. "It's not going to stay like this. They're going to lose their job. We're going to work on that. We're going to do what we have to do so this don't happen no more."
Pinnacle Bus Company, which owns the bus, did not comment on the incident Thursday.
The Department of Education said the workers were suspended, pending the outcome of the investigation.