NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A New Brunswick school bus driver is facing charges of child endangerment after allegedly leaving a 9-year-old boy with autism on a school bus for four hours, authorities announced on October 13.
The suspect, 60-year-old New Brunswick resident Hardy Sannoh, is accused of abandoning the child on the school bus on October 12, according to a joint statement with Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and New Brunswick Police Director Anthony Caputo.
Sannoh, a school bus driver for the Piscataway-based Accurate Transportation, picked up the child at 7:40 a.m. but did not escort the boy off the bus once arriving at the school, authorities said.
Instead, the child remained on the bus between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., authorities said. At the time of the incident, Sannoh was allegedly the only employee on the bus, with no other aides assigned to the route.
Sannoh then dropped the boy off at his home without parents knowing, authorities said, although his parents found him afterwards and noticed he had been dropped off before his normal drop-off time.
No injuries were reported and medical attention was not required, authorities said.
According to school officials, the student and the driver are not affiliated with the Piscataway School District.