Bus Driver Charged With Child Abuse After Autistic Boy Was Left on School Bus

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Guam – A Department of Education school bus driver faces multiple charges after a Special Needs Child was left on his school bus Friday afternoon.

According to a document filed in Superior Court, the 13-year old boy was found on the bus which was secured at the Yona Bus Satellite at approximately 6pm Friday night.  The document states that the boy was “naked and sweating” and that the windows and doors to the bus were all closed.

The boy’s mother, Elisabeth Cruz, had reported to police that the boy was missing after the boy’s caregiver called her to tell her that his bus had not arrived at the house as of 5:30pm that night.  She told officers that her son who has severe autism generally arrives home around 4:30pm.

The bus driver, Mark Crisostomo Tolenoa, is charged with Kidnapping as a 2nd degree felony, Child Abuse as a 3rd degree felony, Abuse of an Incompetent Person as a 3rd degree felony and Reckless Conduct as a misdemeanor.

Read the Magistrate’s Complaint Against Tolenoa

Tolenoa was booked, confined and later released.