Bus driver from Houston charged with child endangerment

MILFORD – A bus driver transporting Milford School District students has been charged with six counts of endangering the welfare of a child after responding to loud children by raising the inside temperature of the bus, according to police.

The Milford Police Department arrested a Houston woman Aug. 22 after they investigated a school bus incident that led to a warrant obtained, according to Sgt. Robert Masten.

A school resource officer from the Milford Police Department was notified May 31 by a concerned parent about alleged actions by the driver during a ride home from school.

Further investigation determined the driver pulled the bus over near Airport Road and closed the windows, along with the ceiling air vents, causing the temperature in the bus to rise.

This was in response to the students reportedly being too loud.

This resulted in six students reporting heat related symptoms to parents as they arrived home, according to Sgt. Masten. The victims ranged in age from 6-11 years. After a review of this case by the Delaware Attorney Generals Office, a warrant was obtained for Teresa Grunden, 54 of Houston.

She has been charged with six counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Grunden was presented at the Justice of the Peace Court #7 where bail was set at $1,000 unsecured, along with no contact orders with the victims.

Grunden is scheduled to appear at the Kent County Family Court Sept. 17 for an arraignment. The bus was operated by an outside contractor for the Milford School District. Milford School District assisted throughout the investigation.

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