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7-year-old boy kicked out of cab

October 13, 2010 8:15:25 AM PDT
A cab driver is accused of dumping a 7-year-old boy onto the street because he didn't have any money.

He was making a routine trip from his Grandmother's home to his mother's house.

"I was just a little crazy at the moment, because I was like, what do you mean he didn't have fare, he's 7 years old," Joy Allen, Alex's mother said.

Joy Allen is still in a state of shock, she's so angry and upset.

Monday at around 5 p.m., a cab driver left her 7-year-old son Alex alone on a street corner in Freeport.

What's worse, is that Alex is a child with special needs and has difficulty communicating.

"He begged the cab driver not to put him out of the car, and he said that the cab driver told him, he doesn't have time for people who don't have money and to get out," Allen said.

"I said OK, and so I got out and stood by myself," Alex said.

Allen, who doesn't drive, had called the Express Valentine Taxi Company to take her son from her mother's home in Freeport to her house in Roosevelt.

When the cab driver realized the boy didn't have money, he kicked him out of the car.

"I called the cab company screaming, no forget everything, tell me where my son is before we resolve anything, where is my son, where is my son, and he couldn't get an answer out of the driver," Allen said.

Alex was alone and confused and crying for his grandmother who eventually found him.

"I was screaming for Grandma, and I keep saying, Grandma!" Alex said.

Eyewitness News went to the owner of the cab company who said it is company policy to turn away any passenger who doesn't pay the fare upfront.

Allen says a 7 year old child with a disability isn't just any passenger.

"I speak for a lot of people, I could never put a child out anywhere," Allen said.

The driver, Roy Sutherland, 66, will be arraigned on charges of endangering a child later this month.


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