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Merrimack Valley

January 18, 2013

Police clear transport company of wrongdoing

LAWRENCE — A police investigation has concluded a 2-year-old child was never endangered while on a bus for more than two hours last Friday during a ride home from a day-care center.

It also determined there was no evidence to support allegations that Yamil Cruz was left unattended on the bus.

But Detective Lt. Michael F. McCarthy noted in his report that Transerve Inc. could have taken steps to allay the concerns of the child’s mother, Diana Bermudez, who complained she couldn’t find out where her son was for two hours after the bus failed to drop him off at her Park Street home. She also believed all the buses had returned for the day.

“The information given to me by Ms. Bermudez led me to approach my investigation with a shared concern that her two year old child had indeed been left alone on the van/bus,” McCarthy wrote in his report.

Unable to get answers in several calls to Transerve, Bermudez decided to go to Child Care Center on Andover Street, where she was later reunited with her son.

Even after the Transerve driver dropped the child off at the day-care center, “she just repeated she was sorry several times,” but offered no explanation to Bermudez,” according to Lt. McCarthy.

“Though the incident may have been handled in a different manner, there is no indication of reckless or negligent behavior that would result in a criminal case against the parties involved,” Lt. McCarthy wrote, in closing his investigation.

Freddy Recio, owner of the transport company, later told police that it was the driver’s first day on the job and that she was running late because she was not familiar with the addresses on her route.

Police also interviewed another family whose child was late in being dropped off.

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