A bus driver was arrested in West Philadelphia after allegedly leaving a 7-year-old boy on the vehicle to get a money order at nearby grocery store, police said Tuesday.
Jamar Henry, 28, of Oxford Circle, came running out when he saw a police officer standing near the bus, and claimed he had a bathroom emergency, according to the police report.
But surveillance footage from inside the Shop-Ritegrocery store near 57th Street and Haverford Avenue didn’t back up his claim, police said.
Henry was actually inside at a Western Union counter getting a money order, police told Philly.com.
He was charged with endangering the welfare of a child as well as possession of marijuana for the Monday afternoon incident at a Shop-Rite.
The child, who attends Cornerstone Christian Academy in Southwest Philly, was the only student on the bus at 4:44 p.m. that day when police arrived after a passerby called 911. The boy told officers he was waiting for about 10 minutes, police said.