NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The monitor on a school bus in which a child was accidentally left behind won't face charges, according to the New Orleans Police Department.
NOPD spokesman Frank Robertson says a judge refused to sign a warrant for Michelle Walker. The judge said there was no evidence of criminal neglect in the incident that happened Feb. 6.
6-year-old Demonte Beasley was left alone for nearly an hour. He was found wandering alone after dark on Desire Street.Demonte, who had fallen asleep on the bus, woke up in the BCH Services bus yard after about a dozen students were transferred from the broken-down vehicle.
Walker says she took 12 children to the new bus and did not notice that Demonte wasn't among them.
"I should have counted them before I got off the bus," she said. "I did wake him up, but he's small."
Walker thought the bus driver would do the final check.
"We should have been more careful with him. He's a child. We were wrong, totally wrong," she said.