A Wake County school bus driver surrendered Thursday after Apex police swore out an arrest warrant charging her with misdemeanor child assault and child abuse in an incident involving a 7-year-old boy on her bus on March 3.
Merle Jeanette Carr, 69, of 2272 Pea Ridge Road in New Hill, surrendered at the Wake County Detention Center and was released on $2,000 bail after being charged with assault on a child under 12 and child abuse.
Apex police said the incident occurred March 3 on the bus Carr was driving at Upchurch and Harwood streets during a morning bus run.
Capt. Ann Stephens, head of the investigations unit, said Carr apparently believed the 7-year-old had “something he shouldn’t have” in his left hand and grabbed him.
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According to the charges in the arrest warrant, Carr committed an offense by “grabbing and pulling his left arm, hitting his left hand numerous times and causing him to fall backward.”
The boy turned out to have a bag of fruit snacks, Stephens said.
There was no indication the boy was hurt.
The boy told his mother about the incident when she returned home from work that day, and she brought the matter to authorities.
Schools spokeswoman Lisa Luten said Carr was suspended with pay Friday.