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Driver who police say kicked 7-year-old out of taxi is arraigned

From Marina Landis, CNN
Roy Sutherland was arraigned Monday on charges of endangering the welfare of a child.
Roy Sutherland was arraigned Monday on charges of endangering the welfare of a child.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Roy Sutherland arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead Monday morning
  • Sutherland was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court on November 22
  • Police say Sutherland, 66, left 7-year-old alone on a street corner
  • The driver had asked the boy if he had money for the fare and got no answer

New York (CNN) -- A New York cab driver who police say kicked a boy with special needs out of his taxi was arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead Monday on charges of endangering the welfare of a child.

Roy D. Sutherland, 66, was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court on November 22, according to the Nassau County District Attorney's Office.

Sutherland kicked the boy out on October 12 for not having any money, police said.

Nassau County Police detectives say a 7-year-old boy with special needs was put into a cab in Freeport, New York, by his grandmother and was supposed to be dropped off at his residence in the neighboring Long Island town of Roosevelt.

After picking up the child, Sutherland asked the boy if he had money for the fare. When the child was unable to provide any information, Sutherland told him to get out of the cab, police said.

Sutherland left the boy on a street corner in Freeport by himself and drove away, police said.

Sutherland was later arrested and issued an appearance ticket, police said.