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Police report says CCSD bus driver did not perform seat check before leaving student on bus

Posted at 3:24 PM, May 17, 2017

LATEST: A police report released Thursday details what happened before a student was left unattended on a CCSD school bus for nearly an hour. 

The police report said the student, a 3-year-old boy, was headed to Staton Elementary School on a Special Education bus route. 

The bus driver, Luz Garcia-Gomez, had three students, including the boy, on her bus, but didn't drop him off. Instead the report said both went back the bus depot where the report said Garcia-Gomez did not perform a seat check before leaving the bus.

The report said the boy was on the bus for nearly 47 minutes before he walked outside to the bus depot where other bus were "coming and going".

He was eventually found unharmed by another bus driver. 

Garcia-Gomez told police in the report that she thought she only had two kids on the bus, and that's why she didn't perform a seat check. 

She's is stated telling police that she "messed up" and "it was an accident".

CCSD talked to 13 Action News about the procedures bus drivers must take before leaving a bus unattended. 

They said all bus drivers must check all seats, including the floor, to make sure anything or anyone isn't left behind. They must record and certify the date and time they completely their seat check.

ORIGINAL STORY: A Clark County School District bus driver was arrested this week after police said she left a student on the bus.

CCSD police reported that 43-year-old Luz Garcia-Ortiz was arrested for child endangerment following an incident that occurred on Tuesday.

CCSD police responded to the Northwest Transportation facility on Tuesday afternoon for a report of an unattended pre-kindergarten student. The investigation determined that the student was picked up by the driver, but was not delivered to her respective school and was left on the bus after it was parked in the transportation facility.

The student was left at the facility for an hour but was not injured. Police have not given the name of the school that the student attends.

Garcia-Ortiz faces one count of child endangerment. She was contacted and booked into the Clark County Detention Center.

Luz was hired by CCSD in May 2017. Her employment with CCSD will be terminated.

This is a developing story. Check back to 13 Action News for updates.