ALISO VIEJO (CBS) — Police in Aliso Viejo are investigating the death of a 3-year-old boy found on a school bus.

The unidentified boy was found slumped over in his wheelchair mid-afternoon Friday by the mother of another child who had gotten on board to take her child off the bus, sheriff’s homicide Inspector Dan Salcedo said.

“The mother saw that the boy was unconscious and got the driver who then called 9-1-1, which prompted a response to the scene by sheriff’s paramedics units,” Salcedo said.

“The driver and the mother of the other child began efforts to resuscitate the boy,” Salcedo said. “He was then transported by paramedics to Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in Laguna Hills where he was later pronounced dead,” said Salcedo.

No foul play or criminal activity is suspected in this case, Salcedo said, who added that the driver was interviewed at the scene by sheriff’s personnel.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

The boy was attending a Dana Point special needs school.

The inspector also said there was no apparent illness involved in the boy’s death and his death was unexpected.

“We’ll have a better idea of what happened after the autopsy, but we may still need to wait for toxicological test results if the autopsy can’t provide a conclusive cause of death,” said Salcedo.

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Comments (14)
  1. Choncho says:

    Why the hell was a 3 year old on a school bus in the first place

    1. Brian Brian says:

      Maybe going to school!. My 3 y.o goes to school!. You fail at everything.

      1. Choncho says:

        I understand kids going to school but I would never put my 3 yr old on a bus buy themselves that’s just crazy

    2. Crystal says:

      I agree I cant imagine leaving a normal child let alone one with special needs on a bus alone thats 3 years old.

      1. Jackie Quick-Human says:

        You would be suprised. in the district I work for, as the transportation director, these parents are lining up to put their 3-5 year old, normal OR special needs students on our buses. Its madness.

    3. Jackie Human says:

      Prek Kinder and Early Childhood schools are 3-5 years old. We have that in our district but we have bus attendants for those as well as ALL special needs transported students.

  2. johnny chingas says:

    Sad, hope he is in a better place now.

  3. Alice Polarbear says:

    I hope he didn’t suffer, poor little guy!

  4. drozone69 says:

    The worst thing imaginable here has occurred.That is that this student could not afford a private education.A public education will litteraly kill you!!

    1. Jackie Human says:

      Its not a matter of public or private education. More than likely, it was something to do with his disability.

    2. Villaraigosa is a rat! says:


      Funny ish!

      Thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  5. Jackie Human says:

    I just hope they dont find a way to blame the driver. This district should have supplied all special needs students. A drivers job is to focus on the road and safety of the transportaton while “TRYING” to monitor what is behind him/her. As a transportation director for a school district myself, I would say that IF this child was able to be saved, it would have been in the districts best interest to employ bus monitors/attendants.

  6. watchitgo says:

    Is there not an adult to oversee these special needs children on the bus? The driver can not be expected to do that and drive! What a nightmare for all involved! I too hope he didn’t suffer, but the manaagement of that school has some huge questions to answer. My condolences to the family and firends of the little guy!

  7. JD says:

    The government pays for extra services for special needs children. (Actually we as tax payers pay that as we are the government and they need the/our money).
    The problem is that schools want to maximize how much they can “EARN” per disabled child and “MINIMIZE” their expenses.
    Maybe gain a profit for having to deal with the disabled problem children.
    Let’s just say a school is granted $1000 a month for that child’s special needs… if they can provide services for $100, $400 or $600 a month to accommodate their needs,
    Do they get to pocket the difference? Or use it for a different fund that does not assist the child?
    Go look it up online. They only have to meet the ABSOLUTE IMMEDIATE NEED of the child. Who cares about next week or next month.
    They got the check.

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