The child was supposed to have been dropped off at school, but he did not make it off the bus.
Maricela Bazan says her heart sank when she found out her little boy was left inside a school bus for six hours, alone in the cold.
Her son, Eddy Bazan, is an energetic 3-year-old who loves to talk and make his presence known. So it's hard to imagine how anyone can forget he's there.
She says she wonders how no one in the school noticed he was gone.
Her son used a blanket she had packed for him to stay warm and says he was hungry and cold when he was found.
"They immediately took the child in and gave him food and water," Person County Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Cartner said.
Cartner says both the driver and the monitor assigned to the bus should have checked Eddy off their list at the school, as well as counted how many students actually got off the bus.
"Then the bus is visually scanned, aisle by aisle, seat by seat to make sure that the bus is empty," he said.
He says those procedures were not followed.
ABC11 has learned that the two adults who were on the bus are no longer employed by Person County Schools.
Maricela Bazan says even though her son is okay, she realizes the story could have had a tragic ending.
That's why she hopes no other mother ever goes through a scare like she had to.