CARLE PLACE - A Westbury mother says her 6-year-old son, who has autism, was left on a bus after falling asleep on his way to school in Carle Place yesterday.

Crystal Feldt says her son, Sean, boarded a bus to be taken to Cherry Lane Elementary School on Roslyn Avenue, but he fell asleep in the back seat.

Feldt says the driver dropped the other kids off at school and then took the bus to a depot in Roslyn, with the 6-year-old still sleeping inside.

School Superintendent David Flatley says officials noticed Feldt missing five minutes later and called the bus company, which located the boy and brought him to school.

Although the child was alone for only a brief time, Flatley says the aide assigned to the small bus of just five or six kids should have checked every seat in accordance with protocol.

"The whole situation, it has me sick," Crystal Feldt says.