FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) – George Tolbert says he was worried sick when he heard his 6-year-old son had gone missing from the care of the McDonald Community YMCA in southeast Fort Worth.
He said, “I thought of so many things that could have happened to my son.”
Thankfully, little Elijah Tolbert was found safe and sound at a car dealership more than 10 miles away from the YMCA center.
YMCA officials confirm one of their bus drivers picked Elijah up at his elementary school and was supposed to bring him to the YMCA center, but instead forgot he was on the bus and took the vehicle to get serviced at Bruce Lowrie Chevrolet.
While the mechanics were working on the bus they found the 6-year-old asleep in the back.
Tolbert feels a number of people are at fault. “When I thought about the incompetence of the driver, it got me angry. My son was left when there is a procedure that they should walk the bus.”
Tolbert says the YMCA apologized.
When CBS 11 News reached out for comment a spokeswoman Hope Caldwell e-mailed this response:
“This afternoon, a 6-year-old boy was accidentally left on a YMCA bus after school. The YMCA bus was taken to be serviced when the child awoke and was discovered. The child was returned to his parents safely. YMCA policy is that every child is accounted for at all points of transportation and all activities within our program. The safety and well-being of children in our programs is our first priority. We are thoroughly reviewing today’s incident and all staff involved. We are taking comprehensive measures to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”
Tolbert says he isn’t sure if he is going to take Elijah back to be cared for at the YMCA.
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