School Workers Go On Trial for Assauting 5-Year-Old Autistic Boy

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CULPEPER, Va. — Two former Culpeper County school employees are due in court on charges of assaulting a 5-year-old autistic boy on a school bus.

The trial of 56-year-old Betty Turner and 50-year-old Linda Rastall is set for Tuesday afternoon in Culpeper Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Turner was a bus aide and Rastall was a teacher’s aide. They were charged in April with assault and battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Authorities say the child was crying because a toy had been taken away from him as he rode the bus home from school on Feb. 20. Rastall and Turner are accused of physically and verbally assaulting the boy in an attempt to control him.

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