HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH)– A Hamden school bus driver is in trouble with the law after dropping a five-year-old boy off at the wrong stop alone.

“Why would you think it’s okay to let a 5-year-old off the bus without an adult crossing a main road?” said Jasmine Knight, Noah’s mother.

Hamden Police identified the driver as Wojcich ‘Albert’ Nowak, 54, of Hamden. He’s now off the job and is facing criminal charges.

“I was furious. I wasn’t even thinking straight,” said Knight.

This, after Nowak dropped off 5-year-old Noah Phillips, a student at at Shepherd Glen School in Hamden, at the wrong bus stop and left the kindergartner there alone.

“I’m praying. I’m like Lord, please let my son be okay. Don’t let nobody take my son,” said Knight.

Noah’s actual stop is Dudley and St. Mary in Hamden, but Nowak told police he dropped Noah off at at Easton and Alstrum, where the boy wandered alone for at least an hour.

“When I first went down Dixwell, I didn’t see him,” said Lavias Phillips, Noah’s father.

The boy’s father drove up and down Dixwell looking for Noah until finally spotting the child in tears, walking with a complete stranger.

“I’m like ‘I’m his father.’ Thank you, thank you!”said Phillips.

Police said Nowak is charged with Risk of Injury to a Minor. School board member Walter Morton says the driver resigned after being immediately suspended.

Morton also says Nowak violated policy by leaving the boy unattended.

“There is policy and procedure in place that dictates if a kindergarten student has arrived at a stop, and there’s no one there to take them in. The bus driver is supposed to keep them on the bus and take them back to the school. At which point, the school would then contact the parent or guardian to arrange a situation to pick them up.”

Walter Morton IV, Hamden Board of Education

When police interviewed Nowak, he said he asked 6th grader to “come to the front of the bus” to help “separate” Noah and another child “from playing for the duration of the bus ride.”

Nowak added that the 6th grader informed him that Noah needed a bathroom. When the bus stopped at Easton and Alstrum, the 6th grader claimed Noah’s house was nearby. Nowak told police he then let Noah get off the bus with the 6th grader.

Nowak and a co-worker “recruited several of the children who he had already dropped off on the bus route” to locate Noah after he returned to the school bus terminal, according to police.

“No child should ever have to go through anything like that,” said Knight.

Nowak is scheduled to appear in court on September 18.