A Tennessee mother demands answers after she put her 5-year-old son on an aftercare bus, only to find out the driver forgot about him.

The driver had walked away and left for the day.

Uneisha Bradford told WTCV she was distraught when she watched the heartbreaking moment her son was left crying frantically after he was left alone in the vehicle.

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Bradford’s son rides a Chattanooga bus service to Chambliss Center for Children, however, on Friday he wasn’t dropped off.

Surveillance video captured the incident from inside the special transit bus. In the clip, it appears as if the young child had fallen asleep and woke up to find he was all alone.

The 5-year-old panicked and spent about ten minutes trying to figure out how to exit the bus when the driver failed to do a walk through after the rest of the children got off.

Watch the video below:

The boy finally figured out how to open the doors and got off the bus. Eventually, he was able to find a stranger to help after wandering in the parking lot.

Bradford said:

“Anybody could’ve got him!”

The distraught mother added:

“What if those people weren’t out there?”

According to Chambliss Director Philip A. Acord the STS bus driver and childcare employee, “dropped the ball.”

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Acord explained:

“The STS driver is supposed to walk through, which she did not do.

Our teachers are supposed to walk through… She looked under the seat and said she looked for legs and book bags and didn’t see anything.”

He added:

“And then when the driver gets back to the STS and she parks her bus, she’s supposed to get up and go back again.”

Directors at The Southeast Tennessee Human Resource Agency (SETHRA) and Chambliss both agree that there’s no good explanation for what happened.

However, the incident served as a wake-up call to look out for kids left behind.

Both the Chambliss employee and the bus driver were suspended.

Bradford said her son will no longer ride the bus anymore.

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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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3 Replies to “Mom Says Driver Left Sleeping 5-Year-Old on Bus. Video Shows Him Panicking Before Asking Strangers for Help”

  • Diana Medina 2 years ago

    OMG! IM CRYING FOR HIM AND HIS MOTHER. SURE ENOUGH I WOULD EITHER BE SUING OR BEATING SOME A@@! JUST GIVE ME THE PLACE I WILL DO IT FOR YOU. POOR LIL BABY. BROKE MY HEART TO HEAR AND SEE HIM CRYING SO HARD.

  • Jackie 2 years ago

    Thank God the person he find was not a bad one.This mother could have been without her baby anymore, Lord you would have had to hold me back

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