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Driver kicks 7-year-old out of taxi

By Marina Landis, CNN
  • Police say cabbie Roy D. 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
  • Sutherland was arrested and is to be arraigned October 25

New York (CNN) -- A driver for the Valentine Cab Co. in Roosevelt, New York, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child after he kicked a young boy out of his cab Tuesday 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, the driver of the cab, 66-year-old Roy D. 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. He's scheduled to be arraigned at the First District Court in Hempstead on October 25.