BERLIN, N.Y. - Two employees of a local bus company will be fired, and now arrested, after a 3-year-old special needs child was left on the bus dropping the kids off to school for over two hours on Monday.
State police say the bus monitor and the bus driver, 31-year-old Eric Ramm and 59-year-old Thomas Kottackal, have been charged Endangering the Welfare of a Child, after they forgot to take one child off the bus that was dropping special needs students off to Capital District Beginings in Berlin.
Police say the children were dropped off to the day care center around 10:00 a.m. before the bus returned to the garage in Menands after its route. It wasn't until 12:45 p.m. the child was found on the bus, still strapped in her car seat, and was finally brought back to the school.
The child received medical treatment at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center for mild dehydration, but is now said to be okay.
The owner of Northland Transportation, Sandra Vardine, confirms the two employees responsible for forgetting the child will be fired. Vardine says she "is devastated" by the situation and all drivers are trained to perform their responsibilities.
Berlin's Beginnings Day Care had no comment due to the confidentiality of the matter.
State police and Rensselaer County Department of Health are investigating the issue. Children with special needs in Rensselaer County have free transportation paid for by the state and county.
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