Six year old lost for two hours after school bus mix up

By Brad Underwood – bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX 19) – Six year old Torhka Carter was missing for two hours last night after being put on a different school bus than her big sister. The girl's mother, Tanika Carter thought the worst when her eleven year old daughter got off the bus in front of her home without her sister.

"I was completely terrified, I was frantic," said Carter. "I didn't know what to think, I didn't know where my daughter was, and I thought she was dead."

She wasn't, just scared and alone wandering down Glenway Avenue trying to find her way home.

"I was crying and scared and I didn't see my mommy," said Torhka Carter. "I walked all the way home in the rain."

The girls attend Winton Montessori school, and have many years. The bus Torhka was put on, dropped her off five blocks from her home. For the past two years the two sister have boarded the same bus before and after school, until yesterday.

"This lady, she grabbed my wrist and she told me to get on the bus and she said to sit down and be quiet," said Torhka.

Today a spokesperson for Cincinnati Public Schools says the mix up is the result of missing paperwork.

Tamara Carter rides a special needs bus, and in order for her little sister to ride with her, a specific form must be completed each year. The form was filled out but somehow didn't make its way from CPS to First Student Bus Company.  The bus driver followed protocol and made six year old Torhka get on a regular route bus, that makes specific stops and not home drop offs.

"There's no way in the world that two kids should be split up like that off a bus and the school not notify the parent and not the bus company notify the parent at all," said Tanika Carter.

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