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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Oldham County Police and school officials are investigating how a 5-year-old student with special needs was left alone on a school bus for hours Monday.
"It's my understanding from speaking with the father that the child was dehydrated, was taken and treated at Kosair's Hospital, released -- just suffered the traumatic experience of being left on that bus," said Oldham County Police Sgt. James Brown.
School district administrators wouldn't go on camera but they released a statement, saying in part: "Our investigation of the situation is ongoing. We are collecting all of the available information concerning this incident and will take appropriate action in accordance with our district policies. Due to student confidentiality, we will not be releasing any details about the student or the student’s family."
Officers are also looking into it. Sgt. Brown says the boy's dad filed a police report.
"Seeking our help to determine whether what took place was as simple as an oversight, or whether there was more to it," Sgt. Brown said.
Police say the boy was picked up at around 10:40 a.m. and when his mother came to pick him up shortly after 2:00 p.m., he wasn't there.
"A period of time later, the child was located still on the school bus, strapped into a seat on the school bus located at their bus compound on Button Lane," Brown told WDRB News.
Police say the boy was on the bus alone for about four hours. School officials say it's more like three and he was located 10 minutes after they realized he was missing.
"The father did relay to us that the school did take a temperature reading on the bus and I believe it was 87 to 88 degrees on that bus," Sgt. Brown said.
The department is now looking into whether any criminal charges should be filed.
"Someone we would interview -- would be, it's my understanding there's a driver as well as an aid assigned to that bus determine what happened and how this incident was able to actually take place," he said.
School officials say the bus driver is on paid administrative leave.