A bus driver for the Christian County Public Schools turned herself in Tuesday afternoon to Hopkinsville police after being accused of assaulting an 8-year-old girl on a bus, according to a Hopkinsville police report.

A warrant was issued Friday for Jennifer Lancaster, 29, of Elkton, after a complaint was filed with the HPD by Steve Fincham, the girl’s father. In the report, Fincham states that on Thursday Lancaster hit his daughter in the head after his daughter whispered to someone else on the bus.

Christian District Judge Arnold Lynch had Lancaster released from jail later Tuesday.

Fincham’s daughter has suffered serious head injuries in the past, from hitting her head on some wood and from a car accident, Fincham told the New Era.

Superintendent Brady Link, who watched surveillance footage of the incident with Fincham, thought the hit did not constitute a slap. In the police report though, it states Lancaster’s strike caused Fincham’s daughter pain and dizziness.

Lancaster was arrested on a charge of fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor.

Heather Aubin, spokeswoman for the district, said Lancaster was still employed with the district, but the district could not provide any information on any discipline taken against Lancaster.

Lancaster is a permanent substitute driver, Aubin explained; she is not necessarily the regular bus driver for Fincham’s daughter, as she is sent wherever she is needed on any particular day.

REACH DAVE BOUCHER at 270-887-3262 or dboucher@kentuckynewera.com.

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