/Driver arrested after 3-year-old boy died from being left on scorching hot bus

Driver arrested after 3-year-old boy died from being left on scorching hot bus

Exactly one year after a 3-year-old boy died from being left on scorching hot bus outside a Houston day care, the driver of the bus was indicted, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Former bus driver Maurice Mitchell, 62, was indicted Friday and arrested Tuesday for injury to a child by recklessly causing serious bodily injury or death — a second-degree felony — according to the Harris County District Attorney’s office.

On July 19, 2018, 3-year-old Raymond “R.J.” Pryer Jr. was left on a hot bus for several hours after the bus returned to a day care from a field trip.

PHOTO: A 3-year-old boy left unattended in a blistering-hot daycare bus for at least three-and-a-half hours died in Houston.ABC News, FILE

A 3-year-old boy left unattended in a blistering-hot daycare bus for at least three-and-a-half hours died in Houston.

When R.J.’s father went to pick him up from day care that day, he found the 3-year-old unresponsive in the 113-degree bus, authorities said at the time.

PHOTO: In this Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 photo taken in Houston, a pin on the lapel of Dikeisha Whitlock-Pryers jacket shows a photo of her son, Raymond Pryer Jr.Elizabeth Conley/AP Photo

In this Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 photo taken in Houston, a pin on the lapel of Dikeisha Whitlock-Pryer’s jacket shows a photo of her son, Raymond Pryer Jr.

Mitchell had allegedly “disengaged a passenger safety alarm, which was to safeguard young passengers from being left behind,” without first looking through the bus to make sure kids weren’t left there, prosecutors said in a statement.

PHOTO: A 3-year-old boy left unattended in a blistering-hot daycare bus for at least three-and-a-half hours died in Houston.ABC News, FILE

A 3-year-old boy left unattended in a blistering-hot daycare bus for at least three-and-a-half hours died in Houston.

R.J.’s parents filed a lawsuit against the day care which has since had its operating license revoked, according to ABC Houston station KTRK.

PHOTO: In this Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 photo, Raymond Pryer comforts Dikeisha Whitlock-Pryer while they talk to the media in Houston, about their 3-year-old son, Raymond Pryer Jr., who died after he was left in a bus for hours.Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP

In this Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 photo, Raymond Pryer comforts Dikeisha Whitlock-Pryer while they talk to the media in Houston, about their 3-year-old son, Raymond Pryer Jr., who died after he was left in a bus for hours.

A memorial bench dedicated to R.J. was unveiled on Saturday at Doss Park, where the 3-year-old had been on the field trip the day he died, said prosecutors.

Hot car deaths reached a record level last year with at least 52 children killed, including R.J., according to national nonprofit KidsAndCars.org.

“As the summer heat intensifies, we should honor R.J.’s memory by ensuring no more children are left in hot vehicles,” Harris County Assistant District Attorney Michele Oncken said in a statement.

Click here for a list of hot car safety tips.

ABC News’ Gina Sunseri contributed to this report.