Trial for bus workers starts Monday

By Deon Guillory
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The trial for the Richmond school workers accused of leaving a four year alone on a bus begins Monday.

This court date was rescheduled because of a snag last month.

The little boy's mother wasn't able to be in court that day because she was in the hospital with labor pains.

43-year-old Alvin Matthews and 60-year-old Irene Jenkins are both charged with one count of felony child neglect.

Matthews was driving the bus that was taking four year old Nyheim Butler to summer school.

Jenkins was supposed to keep an eye on the children on that bus.

Since then, Richmond city schools has added a safety device to all buses to make sure something like this doesn't happen again. But the boy's grandmother tells us it's too little, too late.

"If it was on the bus a long time ago, some other little kids would have still been here, because we have some kids that was on vans and stuff, day care vans, that have died from it, so I'm thinking they should have been had that on there," said Wanda Butler.

The bus monitor, Irene Jenkins, apologized to us off camera saying she was sorry for leaving the boy on the bus.

Several witnesses are expected to testify in court.

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