Mother Seeking Answers After 3-Year-Old Boy Left on Bus

By KBJR News 1

January 15, 2013 Updated Jan 15, 2013 at 7:36 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)-- A Cloquet mother is looking for answers following an incident that doctors say could have taken the life of her three-year-old boy.

After Ty Stiffarm was left on a Head Start bus, in the freezing cold for three hours, his mother is certain legal action is necessary.

Just one day after Ty Stiffarm came close to death, getting back to normal isn't easy.

"He's very outgoing, rambunctious and he wasn't yesterday," said his mother Brooklynn Wait." "His first words to me were he didn't want to go on a bus."

After being left on a Head Start Bus for more than three hours, shivering from freezing temperatures, the mother of three-year-old Ty is left with a lot of questions, and few answers.

"They are setting different rules for attendance and stuff like that so this won't happen again but when I signed my kids up for school I was under the understanding that they were already doing attendance," said Wait at her home on the Fond du Lac Reservation.

Wait says the bus driver admitted to her he failed to check the bus and attendance wasn't taken until the teacher showed up to class.

Chairwoman Karen Diver says that the tribal government is taking the incident seriously, and the staff involved have been placed on leave pending an investigation.

Ty's mother says the despite an apology from the bus driver, criminal charges will bring justice.

"If I let my child in a car, unattended for that long I would be facing criminal charges."

Hoping that no three-year-old will be left in the cold again.

Fond du Lac Tribal police say the investigation should wrap up by tomorrow, and the information will be forwarded to the Carlton County Attorney's office for possible child endangerment charges.

Zach Vavricka

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