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November 26, 2014

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Mother arrested after son was hit by school bus

Kimberly Marie Russi

Kimberly Marie Russi

Metro Police arrested a local mother on child neglect charges after her unsupervised son was hit by a school bus on Monday.

Kimberly Marie Russi, 31, of Las Vegas, was charged with two counts of child neglect, one with substantial bodily harm, for leaving her two sons routinely unsupervised at a school bus stop.

Officers were called about 6:40 a.m. to a school bus stop near the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard North and Walnut Road, near Nellis Air Force Base, to investigate a traffic accident involving a Clark County school bus and a 6-year-old boy.

Upon investigation, traffic officers found the boy and his slightly older brother were left unsupervised while they waited at the bus stop. As the school bus arrived, the younger boy darted onto the road, and the approaching bus ran over the boy's right foot, police said.

The boy was transported to University Medical Center's Trauma Center, where he was treated for "substantial but nonlife-threatening" injuries, police said.

The bus driver was not at fault in this accident, police said. The bus was not the one the boy normally rides, police added.

Russi, who also goes by Kimberly Dela Cruz, was booked into the Clark County Detention Center with bail set at $20,000.

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  1. My Las Vegas elementary school had a bike rack, and I rode my bike to school frequently. How is it that a child at a bus stop translates as negligent parenting?

  2. I guess my parents and every other parent in my neighborhood were negligent because we all stood at the bus stop without parents. These charges don't make sense.

  3. The child is too young to be left at a bus stop. 30 years ago is was safe but not now.

  4. I agree the charges are a bit much. In my day, we stood by US Route 66 and waited for the bus. There wasn't a parent in sight.

    Besides, children that age are very quick. What would the mother have done? Perhaps, jump in front of the bus? Come on!

  5. To arrest or not to arrest, that is the question - one that has deeper roots than any concerned citizen should dare ask.

    Freedom and rights cannot be tampered with based on random events. We must however examine why events happen to get to the root cause of those events, mitigate them, and hope by doing so prevent recurrence.

    Back to families - the basic unit of society.

    Any kind of reform in education, labor, and economics are all for naught if you leave out the basics - the very foundation that sustain society.

    Sadly, politics get in the way. And so, we continue on our path toward the infernal cliff.

  6. If schools are forced on people in this state, and transportation is a necessity, perhaps the schools should be forced to monitor the bus stops then. We cant jail people for allowing their children to participate in something mandatory.

  7. Politics at work. How many of the other kids at the bus stop were not "supervised" by their parents? Have they all been tracked down and arrested? I agree the woman should have been pulled in, told what her kids were doing and warned to stop the behavior, but to arrest her and impose $20,000 bail? Hardened criminals are freed under lesser bonds. How about arresting those at Child Welfare for not following through on the complaint about the 7-year-old who was later beaten to death? They get a pass? And some say we need bigger government with more pencil-pushing, unelected, unaccountable bureaucratic drones who couldn't care less because actually working interferes with their donut & coffee breaks!

  8. We can comment all day long about the charges but they come on the heels of an accident where a little boy was run over by a school bus unsupervised...exactly why he should have been supervised. Who would argue that less supervision is better than supervision? Ignorance is again running rampant...

  9. Maybe we should all call child protective services when we see any unsupervised children at bus stops. With 100's of thousands of calls maybe they will realize these are ridiculous charges.

  10. Makes me think that there is something more to this than just the bus stop thing. Maybe mom has a record of other things?

  11. "As the school bus arrived, the younger boy darted onto the road...." I am suprised there is no indepth Q & A - part of "investigative reporting" - information provided in this story, as to WHY the little boy moved from the curb into the street, or what the driver was doing.

    BUT WHO SAID THAT IS WHAT HAPPENED? The BUS DRIVER? WAS IT NOT QUESTIONED, or CONFIRMED? Did this "NOT normal" School Bus Driver pull CLOSE TO THE CURB? Or did the driver just STOP IN THE STREET - thus evoking a reaction from the little boy? And how many months, etc. had the boy stood with others at this bus stop - waiting - and not been hurt before? What CHANGED to foster this accident?

    WHY was the school bus going "SO FAST" in approaching the SCHOOL BUS STOP that the DRIVER COULD NOT, and DID NOT, STOP before running over the boy's foot?

    Further, WHY did the police STATE (as reported) that it was due to the MOTHER's negligence- because she was absent from the bus stop? Did the mother's absence violate some "BUS STOP RULE"? NEGLIGENCE has to be proven before guilt is applied.

    Maybe the DRIVER was NOT looking out for children waiting at the bus stop. But then, how would he know to stop and pick them up? Isn't OBSERVATION a part of bus driver training? And isn't that also what the BIG MIRRORS on a School Bus are for?!

    WHY wasn't the DRIVER cited as being complicit, or negligent in this accident? It sounds like the police wrapped this up just focusing on the mother - and without, as reported, CONSIDERING whether THE DRIVER was at FAULT.

    This SUN story sketchy and is insufficient, and if this is all the Court had to send the MOTHER to Jail, and to set bail at $20,000 - I consider this an improper arrest, and miscarriage of justice. SOMETHING IS FISHY HERE, and it seems the Sun reporter did not look for it.

    THIS, inspite of the fact that the Sun says it is an "investigative" newspaper. But, this is not the first time I have seen a similar lack of responsible reporting from a few Sun reporters. And once again, we have a shallow report that has left us amazed and uninformed.

    So Mr. Greenspun, will you please get your Editors to put more pressure on Sun reporters to give us the: who, what, when, where, how, and why - of a story, or don't bother to let them write it.

    Added note: newspaper stories are used in Courts as background, part of evidence, and perhaps tantamount to proof. So reporters should be REQUIRED to do their "due diligence" - and investigate all aspects of a story to find out what happend - and then, report it accurately.

    I hope my commentary will cause reflective thinking by Sun Editors on these issues.

  12. I wanted to say that The person who bred these offspring should be arrested for beastality however I will reframe from that and say why? would someone have two names or an AKA?