A 4-year-old boy from Atlantic City whose mother reported him as being left behind on a school bus was picked up at the Pleasantville police station an hour later.
Atlantic City police received a call at about 5:25 p.m. Thursday from the 1800 block of Marmora Avenue, Sgt. Monica McMenamin said. A woman said that her son was not dropped off by the bus from the Head Start Program at his regular time.
The boy, who was not identified, was reunited with his mother in Pleasantville at 6:30 p.m., while a representative from the Division of Youth and Family Services observed.
“It's a classic kid-fell-asleep-on-the-bus moment,” McMenamin said, adding the bus driver did not know the child was on the bus the bus was parked it in the lot.
She said the child woke up and started honking the bus horn. A passer-by heard the horn and alerted Pleasantville police immediately.
A 2007 state law requires school-bus drivers to visually inspect a bus at the end of a route to determine that no students have been left behind.
McMenamin said the unidentified driver did not check the bus.
Violations could lead to a six-month suspension for the bus driver on a first offense and a permanent revoking of certification for a second offense.
A similar incident happened in January in Lower Township, when 4-year-old Josslynn Cox fell asleep on a school bus and woke up alone while the bus was parked at another school. The driver of that bus was suspended without pay.
Staff Writer Caitlin Dineen contributed to this report.
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