Bus driver accused of throwing ice at kids, hitting one

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Allen Park — A 63-year-old bus driver was arraigned Thursday afternoon for misdemeanor child abuse and assault and battery after an incident Tuesday in which he is alleged to have thrown ice at children he was transporting, hitting one.

Patrick Brennan of Lincoln Park appeared before Judge John Courtright in 24th District Court in Allen Park. He is charged with fourth degree child abuse and assault and battery.

The incident took place at 4 p.m. Tuesday when Brennan was driving a bus with Allendale Elementary School students, and is alleged to have gotten angry that they were yelling and misbehaving, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. Allendale Elementary is part of Melvindale-Northern Allen Park Schools. School officials could not immediately be reached.

“It is alleged that the driver became angry, got some ice from outside, and threw it in the bus at the children,” a release from the prosecutor’s office said. “It hit an 11-year-old girl in the head, causing her to bleed.”

According to the release, the girl hit with ice wasn’t one of the students misbehaving.

Melvindale police came to the girl’s house about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, and found a cut above her left eye and blood on her scarf. Her injury was treated at home. They arrested Brennan the same day.

The child abuse charge carries a penalty of one year in jail or probation for up to five years. The assault and battery charge carries a penalty of up to 93 days in jail.

Brennan was given a $5,000 bond, 10 percent. He returns to court for a pretrial hearing Feb. 1.


Staff Writer Candice Williams contributed.