Bus Driver Charged With Neglect After Leaving Special Needs 3 Year Old On Bus

The 67-year-old bus driver who authorities said left a 3-year-old special needs student on a bus earlier this month in Point Pleasant Borough was charged with child neglect.

Richard Cohen, of Point Pleasant Borough, was issued a summons Thursday and released, police said Friday. Cohen and the 72-year-old school bus aide had already been fired by school officials.

A high school student walking by a bus parked near the transportation garage heard the child crying around 10:30 a.m. on May 2 and told a school employee, police said.

The child, who had been on the bus alone for about an hour, was not injured.

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