A local mother says her child was left on a bus in the hot desert heat for more than an hour.
According to the child’s mother, Latasha Shaw, her 5-year-old child fell asleep on the bus, so he didn’t realize the other kids were getting off the bus to go inside of the Donald Reynolds Clubhouse for the Boys & Girls Club aftercare located near Robindale Road and S. Eastern Avenue.
“It’s just horrifying that he would get up and scream for his mom and cry and no one’s there,” said Latasha Shaw. “I feel devastated. I feel broken. I can’t sleep.”
If it wasn’t for Aviel’s brother, Shaw says her child may not be alive today.
“They only found him because my 12-year-old asked staff members for over an hour about his brother and was sent away,” Shaw added.
Shaw brought her son to the hospital after he passed and fainted when they got home. According to Aviel’s hospital records, he was diagnosed with dehydration and exposure to excessive natural heat.
“He said that he was short of breath, that the seats were so hot, that he had to climb on top of his backpack to sleep,” Shaw said.
It took staff more than an hour to notice that the child was missing.
The organization released the following statement:
“Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada is aware that authorities are investigating an incident related to Club transportation procedures. We are deeply concerned about this incident and are conducting an internal investigation and a review of all transportation procedures. For 60 years, the safety and protection of the children we serve has been the number one priority of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada. Our organization is committed to the highest standards of ethical behavior and integrity and does not tolerate inappropriate or illegal activity on the part of any Club staff, volunteer or youth member. All employees and volunteers must undergo a thorough criminal background check and all supervisory policies are designed to ensure the maximum safety and protection of Club members and staff. Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada continues to fully cooperate with the authorities and will withhold further comment until the investigation has been completed.
Shaw said she also filed a police report.