Southeastern PA

Driver leaves child in van for almost three hours

BRISTOL TWP., Pa. - A driver for students in Bucks County left a child unattended in a van for almost three hours Tuesday.

According to the driver's employer, the Bucks County Intermediate Unit, the driver discovered she left the child in the van from 9:30 a.m. until noon when she returned to the van for her afternoon pickup.

The van had been left in the lot of the Friendship Circle Center on Emily Avenue in the Croydon section of Bristol Township, according to JoAnn Perotti with the BCIU.

BCIU says the child was then immediately taken out of the van, given fluids and attended to by a nurse before being taken to Lower Bucks Hospital to be treated for dehydration. BCIU says he has since been released and is in the care of his family.

The child was a participant in the BARC Developmental Services program.

The driver has since been suspended from her job. BCIU says she did not follow protocol requiring that drivers check their vehicles after every drop-off location.

"We regret that this happened," the BCIU said in a statement. "Transporting precious children each day to and from school requires careful planning and coordination, keeping student safety at the forefront. This incident was an exception and not at all typical of our staff."


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