5-year-old let off at wrong bus stop, picked up by strangers

By: Shalah Sasse Email
By: Shalah Sasse Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, August 26, 2007

Ramond Molton said his five-year old child was let off at the wrong bus stop in Aiken County and then picked up by strangers. His family said it was a close call and they want to send a message to keep other kids safe.

Five-year-old Raymond Jr. is a pre-school student at Redcliffe Elementary School.

"Their my angels, and we can't have no more so thats why we got to be careful with the ones we got," Molton said.

According to Molton, his son Raymond Jr. gets off the school bus everyday and is dropped off at his driveway. But he told News 12, his son was dropped off Friday afternoon at the intersection of Old Nail Road and Hwy SC 125.

"It's not right for that baby to walk down a mile from the highway where they drop him off at by himself," Molton said.

A mile away from his own driveway. Molton said nobody was down the road waiting for him.

Molton said, "I asked the teacher about that. If nobody's out there standing and waiting, that child goes back to school. They didn't do that."

His sister-in-law Roxanne Walters was waiting for Raymond Jr., but she was waiting at his home.

"I got shocked when there's a man out there in the white truck driving in the front of the house asking me if I got a little boy, I said yeah, that's my nephew," Walters said.

And that's not the only thing that shocked her.

Walters said, "He was hurt and crying and could hardly walk. I said what's going on? I said they're suppose to drop him off at the front of the house not in 125 and I'm down here waiting."

Roxanne immediately called her sister and brother-in-law to tell them what happened. They took Raymond Jr. to the emergency room for X-rays.

Molton said, he still doesn't know how his son got scratches and bruises on his legs, arms, and back.

"He said he fell, but I don't understand how he fell that many times and on his back too. I was concerned about that," Molton said.


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  • by Jesse Location: Chapman on Apr 29, 2008 at 04:30 AM
    I go to the same school that the little boy went to we don't have bad bus drivers!im sure there was a good reason she/he dropped the little boy off there!
  • by a worried parent Location: Graniteville on Aug 27, 2007 at 07:53 PM
    I think this is unacceptable! The transportation laws are crazy. The transportation would rather put our children in harms way then to keep them safe. Even though the laws have changed recently, they need to be updated again. Every child in Pre-K through 2nd or 3rd should be dropped off within .1-.2 miles of their homes. If they are near a busy main road with LOTS OF TRAFFIC, the child should be dropped off as close to home if not in front of their homes. But I have come to realize that Aiken County doesn't care about our children just their gas bills.
  • by Myhzeri Location: Aiken on Aug 27, 2007 at 07:46 PM
    It seems Anonymous has only a kindergarten education. Because they seem to lack the knowledge to lift their finger off the shift key or take off caps lock. How about you learn to keep your stupid comments to yourself and stop trying to insult every single bus driver in the CSRA, because it's an isolated incident. So don't take your immature frustrations out on ALL the bus drivers.
  • by Anonymous Location: Martinez on Aug 27, 2007 at 01:19 PM
    WAY TO GO TO AIKEN, COLUMBIA AND RICHMOND COUNTY SCHOOLS----YOU ALL HAVE MANAGED TO DISAPPOINT AND SCARE ALL THE PARENTS IN THESE COUNTIES DUE TO DROPPING 5 YEARS OLD OFF AT THE WRONG (BUS STOP) LOCATION OR LEAVING THEM ON THE BUS!!!! WAY TO GO--- THE QUESTION IS---DO THE DRIVERS HAVE ONLY A KINDERGARTEN EDUCATION----IT SEEMS SO---
  • by Linda Location: Stapleton on Aug 27, 2007 at 06:10 AM
    The bus driver knew the boy was a preschooler. Did this driver care if the this child get home okay. The question now become what is going to happen to this bus driver and why he/she did what they done. This is usual situation to be put in. Why didn't bus driver take the child back to school. Was the bus driver thinking at all.
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