The 69-year-old bus driver and a 35-year-old attendant got off the bus, unaware that the boy was still in his booster seat, according to the Office of the State Superintendent of Education.
About 2 p.m., the two got on the bus to start their afternoon route and discovered the boy was still there.
He was awake and alert and was checked out by EMTs before being released to his mother, according to the OSSE.
The employees admitted disabling a buzzer alert in the back of the bus, Mahaley said. That alert normally forces a driver or attendant to walk to the back of the bus to turn it off while checking for children.
The attendant sat up front with the driver instead of in the back seat where she belonged, which also is against the rules.
The bus driver and attendant were fired following the initial investigation. They could face criminal neglect charges, Sherwood reported.
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