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Fajr Atiya Williams, A New Jersey girl strangled by a seatbelt on her school bus had “struggled violently for her life”—but the earbud-wearing bus monitor remained unaware for around 18 minutes because she was staring at her phone, according to police.
Surveillance video captured Fajr Atiya Williams, 6, being ignored in the back of the bus during the fateful July 17 ride to an extended school year program in Franklin Township, according to a criminal complaint obtained by NJ.com.
The special-needs, nonverbal girl slumped in her wheelchair when the bus hit a few bumps at 8:44 a.m. — “Which made the four-point harness become tight around her neck from her,” the complaint said.
She “appeared to be moving her mouth from her at that point in the video,” officials said.
At 8:46 a.m, the harness further tightened around Fajr’s neck de ella — and for the next 2 minutes and 47 seconds as she “struggled violently for her life de ella, flailing her arms and legs.
On at least two occasions, (the girl) made a shriek or gasp and at one point kicked the window of the bus,” according to the complaint.
Fajr Atiya Williams is 6 years old.
NJ Girl, Strangled By Wheelchair Harness in Front of School Bus Monitor
Monitor Amanda Davila, 27, only realized something was wrong when the bus arrived at Claremont Elementary School at 9:02 a.m., around 14 minutes after Fajr became unconscious and 18 minutes after she first appeared in trouble, according to the report.
Davila then began to unstrap the floor restraints on the wheelchair and asked for a school staff member to help, officials reportedly said.
“At 9:02:58 a.m. a teacher entered the bus and tended to (Fajr), but appeared to not yet realize the dire nature of the situation,” the complaint states, according to NJ.com.
“At 9:04:00 a.m. the teacher stated that she was unsure if (Fajr) was breathing. At that point, additional staff was summoned onto the bus and CPR began at 9:06:40 a.m.,” it adds.
The girl was taken to a local hospital, where she remained in intensive care until she was pronounced dead on Wednesday, officials said.
It also has emerged that Davila secured the wheelchair to a floor hook on the bus but didn’t use the lap belt and ankle restraints on it, according to NJ.com.
Davila sat directly behind the driver and could be seen in the video staring at her phone of her until a third and final student boarded at 8:42 a.m., at which point she “possibly” glanced in Fajr’s direction, officials said.
The New Brunswick woman, who was found to be “in violation of policies and procedures” by using her earbuds and her phone, was charged with manslaughter and child endangerment.
She is being held in the Somerset County Jail.
“She did not deserve this, to be taken away from us in such a way that she had nothing to do with her condition,” Fajr’s mother, Namjah Nash, told WABC last week.
Her daughter suffered from a rare chromosome disability called Emanuel syndrome.
Fajr’s dad, Wali Williams, has blasted the bus company, Montauk Transit LLC of Somerset, after the tragic death.
Company president John Mensch has expressed his condolences to the family.
“All of our employees know that the safety of children we transport is our top priority, which is why we are fully engaged in the law enforcement investigation and support any punishment that the justice system determines appropriate for the bus monitor who has been arrested,” he told The Post in an emailed statement.
Franklin Township Schools Superintendent John Ravally also offered his condolences.
“Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with this student’s family and friends. The matter is part of an ongoing investigation,” he said in a statement.