Mother Says Bus Driver Left 5-Year-Old On Busy Street

MARIETTA, Ga.,None - A Cobb County mother said she feared for the worst when her 5-year-old son didn't arrive at an after-school day care.

Nicole Partee told Channel 2's Eric Philips a school bus was supposed to take her son, Lamar, from Lockheed Elementary school to day care.

However, the boy rode a different bus home from school after participating in an after-school program and Partee said the bus driver left her child on Franklin Road, about a quarter mile from the day care.

"They let my baby out the door, just left him on the side of the road," Partee said.

Partee told Philips she didn't discover that her son wasn't at the day care until she arrived. Partee said the boy should have arrived two hours earlier. She started a frantic search. "I'm thinking my baby's dead," she said.

Partee said she went home, and found a note from her neighbor, Angel Battle, on her apartment door. Battle told Philips Lamar had tried to walk home but was chased by a dog right into her apartment.

"I was just hugging on him because he was like 'huh, huh, huh.' I felt so bad for him. If I wouldn't have grabbed him, I believe that dog would have torn him apart," Battle said. "He told me, "Mommy you left me for them people to do this to me." Do you know how bad that makes me feel?"

Partee's attorney told Philips they are waiting for a response from the school district. "The mother has been looking for answers and I plan to get those answers for her," said Phaedra Parks.

A Marietta City Schools spokesman said the driver who let the child off at the wrong stop has been written up because the instructions for where he should have been dropped off were clear.

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