Bus driver turns self in for kidnapping middle school student

Bond has been set at $125,000 along with other conditions for a 33-yr-old school bus driver in West Baton Rouge Parish.

Christopher Taplin turned himself into the Brusly Police Dept. on Tuesday night after Brusly PD said he was wanted for allegedly kidnapping and stalking a 13-yr-old girl.

The alleged incident happened on Sept. 12th as Taplin was dropping children on his school bus off to the schools.

CHRISTOPHER TAPLIN

Officials said Taplin allegedly dropped off all the children to a middle school, except for this one particular girl. He then proceeded to the high school and dropped off those children. When the bus was left with only the young girl and Taplin, that’s when he allegedly told her he was in love with her.

Officials added there was nothing physical. After he confessed his love for her, he then allegedly returned to the middle school to drop her off.

He then called the girl’s parents and left them a long message explaining that he was in love with their daughter. He’s said to have told them he had been watching her since she came into middle school.

It’s unclear why the young girl did not get off the school bus. Officials said that remains under investigation if Taplin told her to stay on given his authority as the school bus driver.

Taplin is facing kidnapping, false imprisonment and stalking of a juvenile.

Brusly Police said when they attempted to contact him, Taplin refused to cooperate but then did turn himself in after media reports.

Along with a $125,000 amount, the other conditions of his bond include he must wear an ankle monitor and have a temporary restraining order keeping him away from the victim.

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