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Child tries to walk home after being left on daycare van; driver won’t be disciplined

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JACKSON, Miss. — A daycare bus driver will not be disciplined after she left a child on the bus for hours, forcing him to walk home.

According to WLBT, 6-year-old Ja’Quarius Hoard fell asleep on the daycare bus.

The driver, who has not been identified, failed to check it before locking up for the night.

“Anybody could have picked him up,” said Ja’Quarius’s mother, Catherine Hoard. “Anything could have happened to him. He could have still been in the van, out because of the heat.”

Hoard told authorities each day Ja’Quarius and his siblings get off the bus and play with the other children on the street until it’s time to come in.

When he didn’t, that’s when she became nervous.

“That’s when I got to checking everybody’s house, up and down the streets, calling him. Checking for his things.”

The child said he tried to ring a doorbell at the daycare, but everyone had already left for the night.

That’s when he started walking home.

It was after 7 p.m.

Even more shocking was the way the daycare responded to the incident, the family said.

They daycare apologized for the incident but said no disciplinary action would be taken against the bus driver.

“It was her decision not to do her job,” Ja’Quarius’s grandmother Charlena Jones said. “And so you shouldn’t feel bad about having to let her go because you would be feeling even worse if my grandchild hadn’t woken.”

It’s unclear if any further action will be taken in the case.