ROCHESTER, Ind. (WLS) –
Three siblings were beaten and killed, and another child was injured in a school bus stop in Indiana Tuesday morning, Indiana state police said.
The children were hit at 7:15 am when they boarded a bus near 4600 N State Road 25 in Rochester, Fulton County, police said. Rochester is about 45 miles south of South Bend.
The Indiana State Police said the bus had been stopped in front of a RV park in State Road 25's 4600 block. The support arm and the exterior lighting are flashing. When the children crossed the road to board the bus, they were accused of a Toyota Tacoma in 2017 going south.
The driver, 24-year-old Alyssa Shepherd, was charged with having perpetrated three alleged murders and an offense against the school bus while the arm was stretched out and causing injuries.
She was imprisoned at Fulton County Prison with a $ 15,000 guarantee and released shortly after 7pm. Shepherd is the children's director of Faith Outreach – A Foursquare Gospel Church near Rochester.
The police said the children are two six-year-old twins and their nine-year-old sister. They were identified between 6-year-old Xzavier and Mason Ingle and 9-year-old Alivia Stahl. All three were students of the Mentone Elementary School.
"He has not lost a child, he has lost all his children, what do you tell your little brother, who is feeling better, you can not," said Elgin Ingle, uncle.
An eleven-year-old boy, identified as Maverik Low by the state police, was taken to Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he underwent multiple fractures and internal injuries, police said.
"I saw the pickup hit completely and I thought, 'Ok, somebody met somebody else', and then I saw the school bus and I saw the two little bodies lying on the floor," said Monika Manuszak , Neighbor.
"The police said there were no brakes, what do you do if you're not careful?" Ingle was surprised.
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Shepherd stayed at the scene and cooperated with authorities. The police said it was unclear why she did not stop.
"I watched my brother change his life," Ingle said. "Now they are gone because someone was not paying attention."
"I have not seen first responders and soldiers for a long time," said the US police sergeant, Tony Slocum. "When the child father had to identify his children, it was only a mystery, we saw tears today and our hearts just go out to them, because most of us have children and we can not imagine the pain he felt today It was heartbreaking. It's still heartbreaking. "
The police said the driver was from rural Rochester. Indiana State Police determined.
"We all have a responsibility to make sure that our children are safe at school," Slocum said. "If we are out in the early morning and early evening hours, we have to assume that school buses will come out, and if these stop-arms are extended, you'll have to stop by law, which is why we do not want another one Family that has to go through. "
The school said in a statement, "Our school group has suffered a tragedy this morning, and we heard of three students killed and one student severely injured and taken to a Fort Wayne hospital when they boarded their bus from We've used all the school counselors to meet the emotional needs of our staff, students and parents, and we expect more confirmed details, but we want to ask the church to pray together for the families, our students and our staff. "
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