Bus driver arrested for assaulting 13-year-old girl

GEORGETOWN, SC (WCSC) - The Georgetown County Sheriff's Office arrested a 58-year-old woman for assaulting a 13-year-old girl in Georgetown.

Authorities charged Gertrude Hamilton of Andrews with third-degree assault and battery last week.

According to authorities, the incident happened on Jan. 12 when a deputy responded to Gapway Road in reference to an assault. The deputy spoke to a woman that said her special needs daughter had been grabbed and choked by the throat on the school bus.

The woman said that when the school bus arrived at her home, her daughter was very upset and crying. When the mother asked the daughter what had happened, the girl said that the bus driver had grabbed her by the neck.

The mother said that while the bus was still at the house, the mother asked the driver what happened. According to the sheriff's office, the driver said that the girl was misbehaving and calling her names. She said that she did not touch her daughter.

A deputy said that the girl told him that the driver was mad at her and grabbed her in the throat with one hand. The girl said that it hurt when the driver grabbed her by the throat and she cried.

According to a police report, the girl said that the driver told her to stop and called her a cry baby.

Copyright WCSC 2011. All rights reserved.