HOUSTON—A school bus driver was charged Tuesday after she accidentally left a child alone on a bus while she went to Zumba class, according to authorities.
Miriam Keren Contreras was charged with felony child endangerment.
Administrators at Fonwood Early Childhood Center placed a call to the child’s parents to confirm the absence for the day, which is standard procedure. The child was supposed to be in school, however, arriving by Garcia Bus Co.
Authorities immediately began searching for the child, who was found unharmed inside the parked bus at a facility where Contreras was attending a workout session.
Contreras did not see the child on the bus when she dropped the other kids off at school and did not check the bus thoroughly before ending her route, according to investigators.
Contreras’ bail was set at $2,000.
HISD officials said Contreras was not an employee of the district. Garcia Bus Co. is a private company, contracted by the child’s parents.