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VIA bus driver arrested for child endangerment

Driver left child in car before starting shift

SAN ANTONIO – A VIA bus driver was arrested in early March after police said she left her 5-year-old son in her car while she went to work.

Evelyn Martinez was arrested on March 2, on a charge of child endangerment. According to VIA police, Martinez's son was found around 5 a.m. cold, wet and alone in a VIA parking lot near downtown looking for his mother. 

The boy told police his mother was a VIA bus driver. When Martinez returned to the parking lot she told police that she had intentionally left the child asleep and alone so she could start her shift as a bus driver. Martinez said there was no one to look after the boy, and she considered taking him on the bus with her, which is against VIA policy.

VIA officials would not comment on whether Martinez is still an employee. The following statement was sent to KSAT 12 News Wednesday night:

"VIA is aware of an ongoing investigation by the Bexar County District Attorney's Office, regarding an incident involving a VIA employee on March 2, 2015. VIA is committed to assisting the District Attorney's Office as needed. However, VIA does not have any additional information regarding this investigation or its progress at this time."

The boy's father said his son is safe and living with him.