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Seffner school aide accused of neglecting 3-year-old special needs girl



SEFFNER — A 61-year-old school aide was arrested Monday after leaving a 3-year-old girl with special needs unattended on a school bus for five hours, deputies said.

Sarah Thomas, 61, of Riverview been charged with child neglect.

Thomas, a Hillsborough County School District aide, was working as a caregiver for students on a school bus Friday, when the 3-year-old girl boarded the bus in Seffner about 7:20 a.m., deputies said.

The toddler was supposed to get off the bus at Lopez Elementary School, 200 N Kingsway Road, but was found five hours later still sitting in the bus, deputies said.

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[Last modified: Monday, December 19, 2011 4:31pm]


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