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Woman Says School Bus Driver Left Her Son Stranded Near Busy Intersection

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LINDENWOLD, N.J. -

A mother says she experienced the worst 15 minutes of her life when her 6 year old son didn't get off the school.

When she found out where the bus driver left him, her fear turned to fury. FOX 29's Sabina Kuriakose has more on what happened.

A South Jersey mom says her grade-schooler was left near a busy intersection a mile from his neighborhood.

For fifteen minutes on Monday, Ashley Powell had no idea where her six year old son could be.

"I stormed in the house and called the teacher. She said he got on the bus I said no he didn't," Powell said. "People in white vans taking kids, kidnapping, killing all of these thoughts go through my head and it was the scariest time of my life."

While Ashley and her husband scoured Lindenwold looking for any sign of Jayden, he was searching for a way home. After a substitute bus driver left him at an unfamiliar intersection along White Horse Pike at the start of rush hour.

"Jayden tried to tell him his address but he didn't listen he ignored him. Just said this is your stop Jayden said no it's not just get off,"

A frightened Jayden used landmarks to make his way home.

"He guessed and he was crying in the way home it breaks my heart thinking about it," Powell said.

Ashley says Lindenwold School District immediately started investigating, but T&l Bus Company was a whole different story.

"I'm not getting any answers from the bus company I left the manager 3 messages," Powell said.

We spoke with Les Brendel, the owner of T & l, his company serves 28 schools in several districts. He wouldn't comment on camera, but says the company is jointly investigating with the school.

Brendel says there are still questions over what happened. The sub driver is still on the road, but the Lindenwold Superintendent's Office is adamant he'll never driver for them again.

"If it's not my child it's someone else's it's going to happen to," Powell said.

Lindenwold Elementary School is reviewing its school bus policy. T&l says its driver could face suspension though they are still investigating. The bus company told us they are calling the family back to address any concerns.

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