Okaloosa County School Bus Driver Charged with Cruelty Toward a Child

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Fort Walton Beach, Fla – A Walton County resident who drives a school bus in Okaloosa County was arrested today on a count of child abuse, accused of forcefully shaking the arms of a wheelchair bound non-verbal child who has a condition that causes weak bones.

Evelyn Martha Fields

56-year old Evelyn Fields was picked up today by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office on the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office warrant.

Investigators say the incident took place August 16th shortly after 3 p.m. on a school bus at Silver Sands School on Holmes Boulevard in Fort Walton Beach.

The boy had reportedly been clapping and making noises, something those who know him say he does when he’s happy.

An OCSO investigator says the bus camera video shows Fields yelling in the disabled child’s face, forcefully shaking his arms, then poking him in the side of the head.

The arrest report also stated that a witness, an aide on the school bus, saw Fields yelling in the child’s face but did not see her touch him.

Field’s was booked in to the Walton County Jail with no bond and will see a judge at first appearance on Friday.

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