Police investigating after child left in daycare van
LAWRENCE, Mass. (WHDH) -- A bus company admitted an employee made a mistake when a 2-year-old boy wasn’t dropped off at home after daycare.
Yamil Cruz was safe and sound Monday, but his mother says it was a different story Friday.
“He was in very bad condition as full of vomited and urinated and he was sleeping on the bus. He was not [in good shape], I did run him to the ER, they did an evaluation. Thank God everything went well,” said Diana Bermudez.
Yamil's mother, Diana Bermudez, says she was worried sick when Yamil did not come home from the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council's Child Care Center on Friday.
Bermudez says the driver of the van normally drops him off at 4:15 p.m., but the van never appeared.
Late Friday afternoon, Bermudez picked up the phone and called the bus company several times. At first she couldn't get through but when she did, the company said all the vans had been cleared.
Bermudez then called the daycare center and after their contact with the bus company, Yamil was finally located on the van -- and mother and child were reunited at the daycare center about an hour after the scheduled drop off.
Yamil's grandmother is a school bus driver.
“I’m concerned that there should be more safety in school buses,” said Mary Suarez, Yamil’s grandmother.
Lawrence police are investigating to see whether Yamil was left alone
“[The child was never left on the van] definitely never, never, never,” said Freddy Rico, bus company owner.
The bus company's's owner says this was all a simple mix up, caused by a new driver who did not know the kids.
“One look like he has a pony tail -- he look like a girl. That confuse the driver,” said Rico.
The owner says he is cooperating with police and hasn’t decided whether to fire the driver.
The woman who runs the Child Care Center says she is firing the bus company.