Lanham woman charged with assaulting special-needs student on school bus

bus_1475101674303_6324763_ver1-0Police charged a 45-year-old woman with assaulting a student from a special-needs school in Mitchellville on a Prince George’s County school bus.

The woman, Owoade Elusanni, repeatedly struck the 19-year-old student on Sept. 2, authorities said Thursday.

The assault was recorded on a camera on the bus, a department news release said. The student did not suffer any injuries, according to the release, and the bus was in the parking lot of C. Elizabeth Rieg Regional School at the time.

Elusanni lives in Lanham and is employed by another student’s family, a police spokesman said. That student rides the same bus, the spokesman added.

Authorities charged Elusanni with second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. Police said a criminal summons has been issued for her.

Raven Hill, a spokeswoman for Prince George’s County schools, said the district will continue working with law enforcement to “ensure justice for this victim, who was unjustly assaulted.”

Elusanni is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 23.

 Police ask that anyone with information about the incident call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Children and Vulnerable Adult Unit at 301-772-4930. Callers may remain anonymous by calling Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). They can also text “PGPD” plus the message to CRIMES (274637) on their cellphone or go to to submit a tip online.

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