Bus driver who kicked special-needs child gets plea deal - FOX 13 News

Bus driver who kicked special-needs child gets plea deal

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Dressed in a pantsuit, Stephanie Wilkerson walked into to court Wednesday ready to strike a deal with the state.

It was September of 2012 when the former bus driver was caught on video shoving an autistic student off the bus with her foot.

At first, it was believed the child broke her ankle after she fell, but doctors later determined she had broken bones.

Wilkerson worked for the Hillsborough School District since 2008 with a clean record until this incident.

She was facing up to five years in prison if convicted.

Wednesday, Wilkerson plead guilty to 3rd-degree child abuse.

Hillsborough Assistant State Attorney Courtney Derry explained the charges to the judge.

“She did commit an act of child abuse by kicking and striking the victim who was under the age of 18," Derry said.

Under the deal, she avoids prison and instead gets five years of probation.

Wilkerson's mother was there to support her daughter. They didn't have anything to say on the way out of the courtroom.

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