A 6-year-old child dropped off at the wrong bus stop in Chesterfield County ended up alone outside her house for hours.
Jaiden Jones was attending summer school at A.M. Davis Elementary. Her parents say they verified multiple times that she would be dropped off at day care after school, but when the time came for her to go home they say she was dropped off outside her empty house.
"I didn't like that I was scared," Jaiden said.
The rising first grader spent two hours alone at the house before anyone noticed something was wrong.
"I knocked on the door and then I ranged the doorbell and then I tried to knock on the door but it was locked," Jaiden told us.
Finally, a neighbor noticed the girl alone and called for help
"She was hot, thirsty, and needed to go to the bathroom," said Dennis Fletcher, one of the people who tried to help her.
"If it wouldn't have been for our neighbors, Jaiden would have been alone until 5 or 6:30 in the evening," said her stepmother, Ashley Jones.
"She could have walked down the street, somebody could have snatched her up, and you hear all this stuff on the news that things happen every day," added her father, Richard.
Officials with the school say something did go wrong and they're looking into it.
"We had a bus that ran its route, made all the regular stops, but along the way there was one child who did not get off at her normal bus stop," said Shawn Smith, a spokesperson for Chesterfield Schools. "Our younger children in kindergarten, pre-kindergarten that there is a parent or guardian there to meet them at this stop That didn't occur in this situation and that's something that we are addressing."
Jaiden's parents have pulled her out of summer school.
The school spokesperson cannot comment on the employees involved, but says they are taking what happened seriously and making sure policy is in place to protect students.
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