A 36-year-old Bismarck woman has been charged in connection to an assault on a bus driver in Mandan.
Megan Rosario Hernandez was charged Monday with felony tampering with a public service and misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.
Mandan police responded to an altercation at a bus stop on the 2100 block of Old Red Trail N.W. in Mandan at about 7:43 a.m. Oct. 10. Police say the Harlow's bus driver, a 73-year-old Lincoln man, was physically assaulted by a 12-year-old boy.
Video and audio recording on the bus show Rosario Hernandez walked on the bus after the boy kicked the driver in the chest several times, according to an affidavit filed in the case.
Rosario Hernandez reportedly yelled at the driver after he asked Rosario Hernandez and the boy to get off the bus. The 12-year-old continued to assault the driver, and, at one point, Rosario Hernandez pushed the driver.
The driver was cut on his chin and had blood on his lips and tongue, but he was not hospitalized, according to police.
The affidavit states that the driver was unable to complete his bus route, and children on the bus were transported to school by other means.
The boy was cited for simple assault, disorderly conduct, tampering with or damaging a public service and criminal trespass, according to police.
Rosario Hernandez had an initial appearance in court on Tuesday. Her attorney, Scott Rose, said Rosario Hernandez "bears the presumption of innocence."
"I think she’s a mom that was concerned for her kids," Rose said.