Police arrested a former Houston day care bus driver in connection with the death of a 3-year-old boy who was found dead in a scorching hot bus last year, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Maurice Mitchell, 62, was indicted Friday and arrested Tuesday on a charge of second-degree injury to a child by recklessly causing serious bodily injury or death, according to the Harris County District Attorney’s office. The indictment was handed down exactly one year after the death of Raymond “R.J.” Pryer Jr.
On July 19, 2018, 3-year-old Raymond and 28 other children went on a field trip to a local park with the Discovering Me Academy.
Day care workers did not notice the boy was missing until 6:30 p.m. when Raymond’s father went to pick him up.
Staffers found Raymond unresponsive in the 113-degree bus and he was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Mitchell had allegedly “disengaged a passenger safety alarm, which was to safeguard young passengers from being left behind,” without checking to make sure kids weren’t left there, prosecutors said in a statement.
“As the summer heat intensifies, we should honor R.J.’s memory by ensuring no more children are left in hot vehicles,” Harris County Assistant District Attorney Michele Oncken said in a statement.