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Lawsuit accuses bus aide of lying about disabled child's injuries

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Because of her disability 6-year-old Ebonie King can't say what happened during her ride home from school for three days last September.

But according to this lawsuit it was a terror filled three days no child should have to endure.

"I asked the bus aide what happened to her shoes and socks and he said she kicked them off," said Ebonie's aunt Leanna Turner.

For two days straight Ebonie's aunt said the bus aide gave the same reason for the little girl's disheveled appearance.

She was throwing a fit and did it to herself.

"He just you know kept trying to make it seem like she was a problem child," Turner said.

On the third day the bus aide called Ebonie's grandmother to say she was throwing a fit, unstrapped herself from her wheelchair and had fallen out twice.

"I could hear her screaming and I knew that she was really hurt," Ebonie's grandmother Janice Turner said.

When Leanna saw Ebonie on that day she said her little niece was bruised, had a swollen eye, had only one shoe on and blood on her socks.

"He was adamant that she did it and even when he was telling me I kept telling him there's no way that she could unhook herself to fall out of the wheelchair," Leanna Turner said.

After complaining to a supervisor Ebonie's grandmother said she got a call that night and learned the awful truth.

"He said Miss Turner I apologize to you Ebonie did not unhook herself and fall out of the wheelchair, someone else did it to her," said Janice Turner.

The lawsuit states Ebonie had been attacked by another student and that attack had been captured on surveillance video.

"What was that aide doing on that bus to allow that poor child to be ravaged like that," said attorney Brennen Dunn.

H.I.S.D. wouldn't allow Ebonie's grandmother to see the video which she said was described to her as very disturbing.

She said she was told the bus aide and the bus driver were both fired and the student who attacked Ebonie was removed from the bus.

"It broke my heart that someone else a grown person would be on the bus and let another child injure someone as defenseless as Ebonie," Janice Turner said.

Three days after the attack Ebonie had to undergo surgery to fix a shunt in her brain.

"It's quite coincidental that three days after a three day torture of Ebonie King that's she's now in the hospital for something that rarely happens to a child with a particular shunt in her brain," Dunn said.

H.I.S.D. says it's district policy not to comment on pending litigation.

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