Photo: LATINO BLOTTER: Bus Driver Leaves Sleeping Boy on Bus, Boy Later Attacked by Dog
Texas private school bus driver Simona Charez Alcaide is in serious trouble after she failed to make sure all the students on her bus had gotten off.
At the end of her day, Charez Alcaide, 52, is said to have parked her bus in a lot in northwest Houston. What she failed to realize however, was that 9-year-old Theo Jones had fallen asleep and did not get off at his stop.
When Jones awoke, he exited the bus by prying open the door and found himself face to face with the lot’s guard dog. Witnesses say they saw the dog lunge at the boy and grab him by his backpack, even pull him off the ground as he swing him around.
Luckily, workers at a nearby shop heard the boy’s cries for help and were able to help the boy over a fence to safety, while a neighbor distracted the dog with food.
Jones was said to be terrified but otherwise did not appear to be badly injured. When paramedics arrived, the boy was taken to Northwest Memorial Herman Hospital where he was treated for cuts and scratches, but now major injuries. According to police, the boy did not suffer any dog bites.
Charez Alcaide now faces a felony charge of child endangerment. The charge carries a potential penalty of up to 20 years in prison. She was released on $5,000 bail.
The bus and others parked on the lot belong to Alcaide Bus Service, which is owned by Charez Alcaide. This particular bus service is paid for by parents whose children attend Katherine Smith Elementary and live within two miles of the school, which means they are not eligible for regular bus service.