A court date of Oct. 21 has been scheduled for a woman charged with leaving a nonverbal autistic child on a hot bus for three hours on a hot July day.
The Goodyear Police Department filed charges of child abuse and endangerment on Diana Salgado-Gutierrez, 36 of Buckeye.
According to Lisa Berry, spokeswoman for the Goodyear Police Department, police became involved just before noon on July 9.
“Police responded to Precious Home Services at 13560 W. Van Buren in reference to a nonverbal autistic 16-year-old child left on a bus,” she said.
Precious Home Services is a day care for children with disabilities.
Berry said Salgado-Gutierrez picked up several students at their homes and brought them to Precious Home Services.
“The bus driver then parked the bus and didn’t follow exit procedures, which includes checking each row on the bus for passengers,” Berry said.
“After approximately three hours, the child was located on the empty bus by his mother and facility staff.”
The child was transported to the hospital for heat-related issues and was treated and released.