Baton Rouge school investigates after 5-year-old boy left on bus for 3 hours

Baton Rouge school investigates after 5-year-old boy left on bus for 3 hours
Caleb Williams with his mom Nalaila (Source: WAFB)
Caleb Williams with his mom Nalaila (Source: WAFB)
Caleb Williams (Source: WAFB)
Caleb Williams (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge mother could only imagine the worst when her 5-year-old son did not arrive home from school on time Monday, and things only got worse when the school didn't know where he was.

The boy was found three hours later on a school bus, but the boy's mother is furious and wants to find out exactly how it happened.

Caleb Williams, 5, usually gets home from school at 3:50 p.m, but on Monday, he got there at 7:15 p.m.

When he didn't come home at the expected time, Caleb's mother Nalaila figured the bus was just late. However, when she called Caleb's school around 4:30 p.m, Nalaila said she was told by Baton Rouge Bridge Academy that they did not know where her son was.

"Y'all don't know what bus my baby got on. Y'all couldn't tell me nothing, and like the first thing out of my head like, what if he on that bus," Nalaila Williams said.

While Baton Rouge Police were searching the area around the Winchester Avenue campus, the bus driver went and searched her bus, which was parked at her home. There she found Caleb asleep on one of the seats. He wasn't hurt, but Nalaila said he was very thirsty.

"He could've stayed on that bus all night. Could've possibly died of heat. Anything could've happened," Williams said.

Caleb's home is one of the driver's first stops. School officials said they are investigating the matter.

This is the first year of the school's contract with Scholars First, a private bus company. School officials said they met with the company Tuesday morning to try and find out what happened.

They say issues with their GPS system may have led to the problems in determining which bus Caleb was on.

9News reached out to ask the Scholar's bus service some questions. However, they have hired legal representation, and their attorney did not return WAFB's calls.

Caleb did not go to school on Tuesday. His mother is going to enroll him into Sharon Hills Elementary instead.

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