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School bus aide accused of striking girl with special needs

Posted at 11:44 PM, Oct 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-10 23:44:49-04

NOBLESVILLE — A change of plea hearing is scheduled for Monday for a woman accused of slapping a special needs student on a school bus.

According to court documents, Francella Van Fossen, a Noblesville school bus aide, slapped a 10-year-old girl with disabilities on a school bus on May 3.

Van Fossen is accused of striking the girl with an open right hand on the left side of her face, court documents said.

The report said the girl has a brain injury, is non-verbal, uses a special wheelchair and needs help with basic needs. Van Fossen has been involved in transporting the girl to school for approximately three years, according to the documents.

Van Fossen, 78, faces a battery charge. She claimed the girl bit her arm and touched her face, the court documents said.