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Blount County parents say bus driver dropped off kindergartner in wrong neighborhood, with unknown teenager

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"I was like terrified, like where is my kid," Chris Dodd said. "I was like terrified, like where is my kid," Chris Dodd said.
Blount County parents are wondering how their 5-year-old daughter ended up on the wrong school bus, and eventually dropped off with a teenage boy nearly 10 miles from her home. Blount County parents are wondering how their 5-year-old daughter ended up on the wrong school bus, and eventually dropped off with a teenage boy nearly 10 miles from her home.
Dodd went to pick Aubrey up here near their home around 3 p.m., but she wasn't there. When he called the school and the Blount County Sheriff's Office, they didn't know where she was but told him to remain calm. Dodd went to pick Aubrey up here near their home around 3 p.m., but she wasn't there. When he called the school and the Blount County Sheriff's Office, they didn't know where she was but told him to remain calm.
"First of all this feeling of helplessness," said Kathy Tabor, Aubrey's grandmother. "First of all this feeling of helplessness," said Kathy Tabor, Aubrey's grandmother.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter 

MARYVILLE (WATE) - Blount County parents are wondering how their 5-year-old daughter ended up on the wrong school bus, and eventually dropped off with a teenage boy nearly 10 miles from her home.

Previous story: Blount County bus driver fired after he drops Kindergartner off with older student

Aubrey Dodd had just finished her third day of kindergarten at Prospect Elementary in Seymour Wednesday when she accidentally got on the wrong bus home. Her parents say school officials didn't follow safety procedures, so their daughter was actually missing for more than two hours.

Aubrey's dad Chris Dodd says he didn't know if he would ever see her again.

"I was like terrified, like where is my kid," Dodd said.

"First of all this feeling of helplessness," said Kathy Tabor, Aubrey's grandmother.

Dodd went to pick Aubrey up here near their home around 3 p.m., but she wasn't there. When he called the school and the Blount County Sheriff's Office, they didn't know where she was but told him to remain calm.

"It's starting to rain, like OK what if she's trying to get home in the rain? 5-year-old girl in the middle of nowhere, she doesn't know where she's at," Dodd said.

The family started searching other bus stops and knocking door to door, but still no Aubrey.

"Just to have to sit here and not know where she's at or if somebody's got her, or if she's lost," Tabor said describing her fear.

Turns out, she was dropped off at the Maples Road bus near Chapman Highway, about 10 miles from her home

"She got off the bus with a 13-year-old boy who the bus driver of bus 16 told the boy 'make sure she gets home she lives at 205 Maples Road,' which 205 Maples Road does not exist," Dodd said.

"It just seemed like it was a multiple mess up all the way around," Tabor said.

The family of the teenage boy who Aubrey was dropped off with called authorities when they realized she didn't live in their neighborhood. Officers then verified it was Aubrey and took her home.

Aubrey's family says she's not allowed to ride the bus home until they're sure something like this won't happen again.  

The bus driver who dropped her off in the wrong neighborhood no longer works for Blount County Schools. School officials say they are changing procedures to make every child gets on the right bus.

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