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Cops: Autistic boy, 6, left on school bus

(L-R) David Feldt of Westbury, poses with his

(L-R) David Feldt of Westbury, poses with his daughter Crystal, whose son Sean, has autism and was left on a school bus this morning in Carle Place. (Feb. 6, 2012) Credit: Newsday/Jessica Rotkiewicz

A young boy with autism was left Monday morning in the back of a school bus, which departed the school before staff realized he was missing, according to Nassau police, who are investigating the incident.

Sean Feldt, 6, was returned to the Cherry Lane School in Carle Place and "so far seems to be OK," said grandfather David Feldt, who said he has legal custody of the boy.

According to Feldt, 53, of Westbury, the boy had fallen asleep and was still sleeping when he was found in the vehicle in the bus depot.

Feldt said his daughter, Sean's mother, was told of the incident Monday by David J. Flatley, superintendent of the Carle Place school district. Crystal Feldt, 28, said her son would have been alone on the bus for 15 minutes or more, according to what she was told.

"It's disappointing," she said. "It's very scary."

Flatley said he was "in the process of investigating a transportation incident this [Monday] morning" and could provide no further details.

Police would not confirm the name of the bus company involved.

No charges have been filed. Police spokeswoman Maureen Roach said, "it's up to the school district how to proceed."

Since 2003, school bus drivers, monitors and attendants have been required by the Board of Regents to "check the vehicle to ensure no child is left behind on board unattended at the end of the bus route."

It was not clear Monday whether anyone performed this check on the bus in which Sean was asleep.

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