Criminal Complaint Filed Against Fall River Driver for Leaving Child on Bus
SOMERSET — Somerset Police have filed a criminal complaint against a Fall River woman accused of leaving a legally blind five-year-old boy on a bus unattended.
Chief George McNeil says the Somerset Police Department filed a criminal complaint against Susan Dupre, 63, of Fall River, on Monday in Fall River District Court. The complaint seeks to charge Dupre with wanton or reckless behavior creating a risk of serious bodily injury.
Dupre will be summonsed for a magistrate's hearing at a later date to determine if there is probable cause to criminally charge Dupre as a result of the alleged incident.
Somerset Police received a report on May 6 of a five-year-old boy that had been left alone on a bus for nearly an hour. An investigation determined that the driver, Dupre, had neglected to transport the child to his daycare facility. When the child did not arrive at daycare, operators at the center informed the boy's mother of his absence.
The mother called the Fisher Bus Company after learning that her son had not been dropped off at daycare. A manager of the company went out to the bus that the boy had been on, which had since been returned to the company's parking lot. The manager found the boy unharmed on the bus, where he had been for about 40 minutes without supervision.
Somerset Police have also issued a civil citation against Dupre for failure to inspect a vehicle after transporting students.
Dupre allegedly told investigators that she did not see the boy because he had fallen asleep in his seat.
Fisher Bus Company says Dupre is no longer employed with the company.
A court date will be determined.