Parents say 4-year-old was forgotten on school bus

Child found by another driver at central yard

SAN DIEGO - The parents of a 4-year-old girl are outraged with their San Diego Unified School District bus driver.

Fernando Estrada told 10News his daughter Zia was left alone on her school bus for at least 30 minutes last Thursday.

"You could see the tracks on her cheeks, like she had been crying," said Estrada.

His daughter has autism. She rides the bus to Kumeyaay Elementary where she takes special needs classes.

Estrada said his wife dropped off Zia just before 7 a.m. They got a call at about 11 a.m. saying she did not make it to school. He was told another bus driver found his daughter on a bus parked at the district's central yard.

"He heard a noise and then he saw my daughter sobbing, and that's how she was discovered," said Estrada.

Estrada wants the driver fired. He said his wife is afraid to let their daughter ride the bus.

"You're a school bus driver and you're dealing with special kids, and I'm like OK, I can trust this person. This is their job. This is what they're trained for and he didn't even do it," said Estrada.

10News tried contacting the district spokesman Wednesday night, but our calls were not returned.

Estrada said he was told the driver is on leave while school officials investigate.

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