CHALMETTE, LA (WVUE) - A 6-year-old New Orleans girl was found wandering on a Chalmette street Tuesday after she had fallen asleep on a school bus and and gone unnoticed by the driver, according to St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann.
At about 8:30 a.m., deputies responded to a call about an unattended juvenile. When deputies arrived, they found the girl in the care of a concerned resident who lives in the 400 block of Pierre Street, not far from where she was seen standing alone.
Pohlmann said the girl attends a charter school in New Orleans. She woke up after the driver, who lives in Chalmette, had parked the bus near his home following his shift, not noticing that the child was still aboard. The girl exited the bus on her own and was found by a resident near the corner of Tournefort and East Magnolia streets in Chalmette, more than 10 miles from her school.
Sheriff Pohlmann said the girl was uninjured and in good condition, and was released to her grandmother.
Pohlmann said no charges have been filed against the bus driver, but the case has been referred to the district attorney's office for further investigation.