(AP, ABC7) - Frederick County public school officials are investigating how a 5-year-old girl ended up asleep and alone on a school bus instead of at Glade Elementary School in Walkersville.
Spokeswoman Marita Loose told The Frederick News-Post on Wednesday that the bus driver failed to check the bus after her last stop to make sure it was empty.
The girl's mother says she learned of the incident from her daughter late Tuesday afternoon.
"Someone wasn't doing their job," Kiki Myers, the mother of 5-year-old Kemiyah, told ABC7 News. "We're just glad it didn't come to a situation where it was a pedophile and that Kimayah is home and no one got hurt."
Kiki Myers says Kemiyah told her she awoke in the parked bus outside the driver's home early Tuesday afternoon. The girl said she went to the house and asked the driver to take her to school.
Loose says the driver then drove Kemiyah to school, where she arrived 35-45 minutes late for her 1 p.m. pre-kindergarten class. But Myers says that she was not immediately notified of the incident.
A Frederick County Schools spokesperson admits that the driver of the bus did not do her due diligence in performing a sweep of the bus at school before going home.
The spokesperson added that while the driver was doing her normal routes on Thursday, disciplinary action is pending.