RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – NBC12 has learned the bus driver and monitor accused of leaving a boy on a hot school bus will face felony charges. This case will now head to the grand jury on October 4, 2010.
During a preliminary court hearing, NBC12 learned several details surrounding what happened to the now 5-year-old Nyheim Butler, during that July 6 incident. A spokesperson for Richmond Public School's transportation department tells NBC12 the little boy's name was never on a run sheet, which notifies the bus driver and monitor who to let on and off the bus and where. NBC12 also learned the child had only been on this bus for a few days before the incident in-question happened.
The defendant's lawyers argued that these two have no pattern of negligence, therefore felony charges were not necessary. A judge saw otherwise.
"I'm just glad that my grandson is safe, that's the main thing. His safety is the important thing that it didn't go any other way," said Nyheim's grandmother.
NBC12 also learned Alvin Matthews, the bus driver, had only been driving with the school district for a few months. The bus monitor, Irene Jenkins, has been with the district for 30 years. Neither of them had anything to say as they left the courtroom.