6-year-old picked up by stranger after school mistakenly sends her home on bus

by: Justin Wilfon Updated:

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - A 6-year-old girl is home safe after a bus mix-up that left her lost for hours earlier this week.

The Banks family was overjoyed to welcome their newborn into the world this week, but were also worried about losing their firstborn.

"It was a bunch of mixed emotions. My new daughter's coming home, but, dang, now I've got to figure out where she (the 6-year-old) is," Carlos Banks said.

Because the parents were at the hospital for the birth of their daughter on Tuesday, they sent a note to Swint Elementary School in Jonesboro asking school officials not to let their 6-year-old daughter go home on the bus. Her grandmother was going to pick her up from school. 


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The family said the school still sent her home on the bus, and a strange man named Carlos picked her up.

"She was stuck for about an hour with this strange man that nobody knows," Banks said.

Carlos turned out to be a friendly neighbor who watched the girl until her grandmother found her.

"Although she was safe with Carlos, Carlos could have been the neighborhood sex offender," Banks said.

He said he is grateful that was not the case.

"With what's going on in the world, you just never know," Banks said.

In a statement to Channel 2 Action News, Clayton County School said the school is reviewing procedures to ensure daily transportation changes from parents are appropriately addressed.

The family said the school blamed the error on a substitute teacher.

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