A former upstate New York school bus driver has been sentenced to three years of probation for placing duct tape over the mouth of a seven-year-old disabled girl.
Marjorie Jones also will have to perform 100 hours of community service under a sentence handed down Monday by a town justice in Queensbury, on the southern edge of the Adirondacks.
The 63-year-old woman could have spent up to a year in jail for the 2010 incident involving Angelina Kio. Jones was convicted in May for misdemeanor child endangerment. At the time of the incident, seven-year-old Angelina was heading to the Prospect Child and Family Center from her home in Corinth.
Angelina is unable to speak and has the cognitive abilities of a toddler.
'I took a very small piece of duct tape and put it across her lips,' she told State Police, according to the Post Star. 'She took it off.'
Jones was also charged with harassment for pulling the girl's hair and slapping her.
Jones also admitted to police that she threw snow in the girl's face.
The driver apologized for her actions but said it was a 'playful thing' and meant no harm. Following the charges, she resigned after more than 30 years with the school district. She was also fined $200.
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