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Police have charged a 51-year-old woman with reckless endangerment after she allegedly left a mentally disabled man on a bus overnight on New Year's Eve, CBS station WCBS-TV reported.
Ed Rivera, 22, who has cerebral palsy and the mental capacity of a 2-year-old, survived alone for 19 hours. Wind chills in New York City hovered near zero on New Year's Eve.
The bus Riviera was traveling on was supposed to drop him off in East Harlem. He never arrived.
Investigators found Riviera locked on the bus in a Brooklyn bus yard Thursday night, nearly 24 hours after he was left there. He was still strapped in his seat.
Police are investigating bus attendant Linda Hockaday, who served as the assistant to the bus driver. Hockaday admitted to knowing that Rivera was still on the bus when it was locked up, WCBS-TV reported. She told investigators she left the man there because she didn't want to be late for church.