ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) -- A bus driver is temporarily suspended after two children went missing on Friday afternoon.

Romaro Hunt tells News 4 the children, 8 and 5 years old, were dropped off at the wrong bus stop after leaving Kipp Wisdom Academy. Hunt said the children's aunt waited at the bus stop near Kingshighway and Pernod Avenue for two hours, but the children never showed up.

"What's the protocol? Where are the procedures? And you have us out panicking looking for our kids?" Hunt said. "That's crazy."

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department issued a Missing Persons Advisory for the children.

Two miles away, a good Samaritan said she found them wandering in the streets at around 3:30 p.m., two hours after dismissal. The kids then led the woman to their grandmother's house in South County.

Hunt did not know where they were until after 1:00 a.m.

"We need to find out who was driving this bus and why she let them off," Hunt said.

News 4 called First Student Bus Company to find out why the kids were not dropped off at the right stop. Representatives told News 4 the situation is under investigation and the driver is temporarily suspended.

Officials said there are typically cameras on every bus, but could not confirm if there was a recording of the incident.

Hunt said he is thankful for the woman who helped keep the children safe, but wants answers from the bus company to prevent a future incident.

"Somebody needs to answer," Hunt said. " We need to know."

News 4 plans to follow up with First Student and Kipp Academy during their normal business hours.

 

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