A mom is demanding solutions after her 6-year-old daughter was discovered crying and alone whereas wandering the streets a few mile from her Staten Island faculty, the place she had been speculated to be dropped off by her common bus.
“I put her on the bus every morning at 7:50,” stated mother Jenna Carlsen.
However she stated that her daughter Jayde by no means made it to highschool on Might 27. As an alternative, she obtained a cellphone name from a stranger saying she had discovered her daughter, who Carlsen did not even know was lacking.
“She goes ‘Oh, I have your daughter on Quintard and Mason.’ I said you’ve got to have the wrong kid. My daughter don’t go to school over there,” Carlsen instructed NBC New York.
But it surely was her daughter. As an alternative of ending up at P.S. 39 for her day of kindergarten, the younger lady was a mile away, scared and alone close to Ocean Breeze Park.
“She fell asleep. She’s on the back, back by the emergency exit door behind the driver,” stated Carlsen.
When Jayde wakened, she discovered herself inside a locked bus.
“She let herself out from the back and crossed the street to this woman,” stated Carlsen.
That lady was Ashley Paris, a mom herself who had simply dropped her 10-year-old off in school, and was driving house alongside the remoted facet street.
“I seen a little girl hysterical crying, and as soon as I stopped at the stop sign, she ran up to my car and grabbed my car window,” stated Paris. “And (she) was like ‘Please don’t leave me, everybody has left me.'”
Paris obtained in contact with Carlsen, and drove her daughter house.
“Seeing a child like that knowing that if it was my child, I’d want somebody like me to help her. It was really sad,” stated Paris.
As for Carlsen, she stated of Paris: “I owe this woman my life.”
However that is the place her phrases of gratitude finish — and anger towards the bus firm and driver start. She is livid that each the motive force and the bus matron allowed it to occur on a bus with fewer than 10 youngsters on board.
“I called the bus driver, cursed him out. Possibly everything that could come out, came out,” Carlsen stated. “It takes how long to go up the aisle to make sure nobody’s on the bus?… It could have went a totally different way. She could have got some crazy friggin’ person that would have kidnapped her.”
The motive force tried to disclaim it initially, Carlsen stated, by no means apologized and has since clammed up.
“The bus driver said ‘Thank God she’s home safe.’ Yeah thank God is right, because I’d be knocking on your front door,” Carlsen instructed NBC New York.
Police confirmed that the irate mom has filed a criticism for baby endangerment, and the incident is being investigated. The corporate that operates the bus, Island Constitution Bus Firm, nobody is speaking: A name to the corporate yielded a ‘no remark’ earlier than the particular person hung up.
In reviews, the town’s Division of Training described the scenario as unacceptable and stated a brand new route and driver have been arrange for Jayde. There was no phrase on whether or not they have been nonetheless utilizing Island Constitution Bus Firm, or if the motive force and matron are nonetheless working with youngsters.
Carlsen stated she was instructed the 2 have been suspended. However she stated none of it does her any good, as her daughter is now petrified of going to highschool.
“She’s been vomiting, and before I told the pediatrician, he asked if anything was wrong, because she’s suffering post-traumatic symptoms,” Carlsen stated. “It’s sad, like I’m supposed to trust you with my kid still?”