Woman charged after ordering child off school bus

Maria Victoria Sanchez (WSOC photo)

STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Deputies in Iredell County have charged a bus driver with misdemeanor child abuse after investigators say she forced an unruly child off her bus in an unfamiliar neighborhood.

The Iredell County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that 43-year-old Maria Victoria Sanchez was charged on Wednesday.

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Sheriff Darren Campbell said deputies responded to a caller who said an unknown child knocked on their door saying the driver forced him to get off the bus for misbehaving and asked the resident to call his mother to come get him.

According to Campbell, deputies picked up the 12-year-old boy and turned him over to family members.

Sanchez, who's been suspended from the Iredell-Statesville Schools, was jailed on a $2,000 bail. It's not known if she has an attorney.

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