RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Criminal charges had been filed against bus driver, 43-year-old Alvin Matthews and bus monitor, 60-year-old Irene Jenkins who were responsible for leaving 4-year-old Nyheim Butler on a hot bus. They are facing 1 charge of felony child neglect. Today warrants were issued for their arrests. Tiara Butler, the child's mother expressed her feelings once we told her about the latest developments.
"You heard me, I was happy (giggles)," said Butler. "Cause at first they were not doing anything. It was just the school and then when ya'll came everything got rolling."
While Butler has yet to hear from either of the 2 charged, we went to the bus monitor, Irene Jenkin's home to get her side of the story. She ran back inside however, when she saw our cameras. 4-year-old Nyheim Butler was not seriously hurt after being left on a bus for more than an hour. Prosecutors say there could have been more charges had something worse happened.
"This charge is based on a reckless disregard for human life," said Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney, Mary Langer. "That's the language of the charge. When you omit your obligations, when you ignore your obligations to care for the child you have, and put him at risk of death I think that fulfills that reckless disregard for human life."
"I'm waiting on them to apologize to my son," said Butler.
While Tiara and Nyheim wait for that apology, we've learned that both Jenkins and Matthews are not currently on driving duty.