NEW YORK – A bus monitor is accused of taking a leather belt to disabled passengers, claiming they were rowdy.
Martine Barber, 26, was arrested and charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person.
She is accused of beating three developmentally disabled passengers with the belt on a bus contracted by a therapeutic institute in suburban Tarrytown, police said. Barber told police that the passengers – ages 20, 21 and 30 – were unruly.
Barber was released on bail Thursday. The bus driver was not charged.