JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- The Jonesboro mother charged for forcing her 10-year-old to walk 4.5 miles to school pleaded guilty Monday and received no jail time.
The Craighead County District Court's Office says 34-year-old Valerie Borders is charged with endangering the welfare of a minor in the second degree. Borders was fined $520 but did not receive any time in jail.
On February 13, the Jonesboro Police Department says Borders put her son, Nequavion, in danger by forcing him to walk from Fairview Drive to his school at 1110 West Washington as punishment for losing his bus riding privileges for the fifth time.
"She did the right thing," Nequavion said. "She knew that I had been suspended off the bus five days, so she didn't do nothing wrong. She made me walk. I just had to walk. They shouldn't have picked me up. I could've walked by myself."
Nequavion made it to the busy intersection of Highland and Stadium and crossed the Liberty Bank parking lot. A security guard approached the ten-year-old, apparently surprised to see a child in the area alone.
"Anytime you see a child out walking like that, ask yourself a question - is that safe for the child?" Sgt. Lyle Waterworth with Jonesboro Police said. "If you wouldn't want your child doing it, we probably don't need somebody else's child doing it."
Borders' son said he knows now to behave better on the bus.