Mother waits for hours at bus stop, 8-year-old never dropped off

HOUSTON – One southwest Houston woman had a nerve-wracking experience when her 3rd-grade daughter never made it home, at least not to her bus stop.

The woman waited hours only to find that her daughter wasn't coming. She said it took hours to get the information she needed.

It is, perhaps, something no parent ever wants to realize.

"My daughter didn't show up off the school bus," said Amanda Michaels who had moved with her two young girls from Pennsylvania to Houston in June.

Her 8-year-old daughter, Rachel, is a newcomer to Benavidez Elementary School.

"This will be her third week," Michaels said.

However, Monday at 3:30 p.m., the time Rachel usually gets picked up, Rachel never made it to the bus stop and Michaels waited.

"I was fine for the first hour. Figured they got stuck in traffic," Michaels said.