Child With Autism Goes Missing

, Posted: Tue, April 24 2012 at 6:29 PM, Updated: Tue, April 24 2012 at 6:58 PM

A young autistic child goes missing after his bus driver mistakenly drops him off miles away from home.

Every week 10 year old Cayde takes a bus from Jacksonville Elementary either to his house in Medford or to this Busy Bee Day Care Center in Central Point.

Yesterday the boy was placed on the wrong bus, dropped off at day care when it was closed without his mom knowing. Sally McCain of Busy Bee Daycare said "She went out to get him from the bus in medford at her home and he wasn't there, so then she realized that he had been dropped off here at my address in Central Point and there was nobody home."

Cayde was at the wrong place and had no idea what to do, it was a perfect storm of misfortune: a substitute teacher put him on the wrong bus with a substitute driver.

"It is absolutely terrifying, you just don't know what has happened, my son is the sweetest boy, he could have easily been snatched up by anyone." said the boys mother, Tawni Kissell

To make matters worse, the bus driver drove off before making sure that the 10 year old autistic boy was with an adult. He had no idea where he was or how to find help.

When Cayde's mother finally found her son he was outside waiting next to the very busy road. He had been out there for over an hour. "When I pulled up he was just standing there wide eyes and totally shaking." said Kissell

Busy Bee Daycare provider Sally played us a voicemail she received from first students bus company apologizing for the mistake.

"I can't say anything except correcting it going forward and that I'm really really sorry that it happened."

The bus company told us that it is protocol for all drivers to make sure that every child is with an adult prior to leaving. They could not tell us whether this particular driver will face consequences.

"The people who are trusted to transport our children safely are not doing there jobs to the best of their abilities." said Kissell

Cayde's mother, Tawni, says she will continue to place her son on the bus, but she wants everyone to know teachers, drivers and parents need to communicate early and often.

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