Charges in connection with child left in cold school bus


A Carlton County school bus driver was charged with child endangerment in an incident involving a 3-year-old boy, according to the Duluth News Tribune.

On Jan. 14 the child, Ty Stiffarm, was left alone on a Head Start bus for three hours with temperatures hovering around zero.

Thomas Mitchell Soderholm, 53, is accused of endangering the boy by permitting him to be placed in a situation “likely to substantially harm the child’s physical, mental or emotional health.” The complaint makes it difficult to understand how Soderholm could have missed seeing the boy. The complaint states that the boy was seated in the first row behind the driver on the opposite side of the bus, where he should have been seen when the driver left the bus.

The crime is a gross misdemeanor punishable by a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $3,000 fine.

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