NC school bus driver faces child abuse charge after boy abandoned along road

STATESVILLE, N.C. (WBTV) — A Statesville bus driver has been charged with child abuse after she reportedly forced a student off the bus for misbehaving, leaving the child alone on the side of the road.

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According to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, Maria Victoria Sanchez, who is a teacher’s assistant and bus driver with Iredell Statesville Schools is facing a misdemeanor child abuse charge.

Deputies say 12-year-old, who was riding the bus to East Iredell Middle School, knocked on the door of a home in the Bell Farm Road area. The child told the homeowner that Sanchez forced him off the bus for misbehaving.

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The child asked the homeowner to call his mother to pick him up.

Sanchez is currently held in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $2,000 secured bond and has a May 1st court date.

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