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7-Year-Old Gets Left Inside School Bus For Hours Before Finally Escaping Through A Window

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Editor of Original Content at LittleThings. She grew up in upstate New York and Oregon and now lives in Queens, NY. Ileana graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, then worked as in marketing at Oxford University Press. Since transitioning to editorial, she has written for sites like BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Unwritten. She has also worked for local newspapers and magazines in upstate New York. In her free time, you can find Ileana watching Law and Order: SVU, eating ice cream, and spending time with her dog.

On Monday, October 22, Kandis Leake dropped off her 7-year-old daughter, Kaydence Holloway, at New Sardis Baptist Church’s day care. A little while later, Kaydence boarded a day care bus that would bring her to school.

Kaydence nodded off on the school bus, and when she woke up, she realized she was totally alone. The bus was parked back outside the day care, and Kaydence was trapped inside. The 7-year-old had no easy exit, since the doors and windows were shut.

The bus driver hadn’t realized Kaydence was asleep on the bus, so he’d driven back to the day care and left the little girl on the bus.

Six hours later, Kaydence was finally found by another bus driver. According to Kandis, Kaydence eventually opened a window and jumped out of the bus.

Kandis panicked when Kaydence didn’t come home on the bus — she knew something was wrong. Luckily, Kaydence was safe and sound (but she probably won’t fall asleep on the school bus again anytime soon!).

When Pastor Darell Harrington, who works at New Sardis Baptist Church, found out what happened, he was dismayed. He immediately fired the driver and put the day care director on administrative leave.

While Kandis appreciates Pastor Harrington’s swift action, she says she won’t be using the day care again.

Watch the video below to find out more about this unusual situation.

Footage provided WREG Memphis

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