Teresa Grunden was arrested following an investigation by the state attorney general

A Milford-area school bus driver has been arrested on charges she endangered the lives of several students during the 2017-2018 school year.

Milford Police Department spokesman Sgt. Robert Masten identified the driver as Teresa Grunden, 54, of Houston. Grunden was working for a third-party contractor at the time.

Grunden was taken into custody Wednesday, Aug. 22, Masten said.

The case began May 31 when a parent contacted a Milford school resource officer about Grunden’s alleged actions during the afternoon bus ride home.

The investigation showed Grunden had pulled the bus over near Airport Road and closed its windows and ceiling air vents, causing the temperature inside to rise.

Reports show Grunden did so because the students were being too loud, Masten said.

As a result, six students, ranging in age from 6 to 11 years, reported heat-related problems once they arrived at home, he added.

A review of the case by the state Attorney General resulted in the issuance of a warrant for Grunden’s arrest on six counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

She was issued a $1,000 unsecured bond and ordered to have no contact with the children.

Grunden will appear in Kent County Family Court Sept. 17 for arraignment, Masten added.

The Milford School District assisted police with the investigation, he added.

School district spokeswoman Sara E. Croce said the district had no comment on the case.

"Maintaining the safety and welfare of our students is an absolute priority," Croce said. "We intend to let the criminal justice system work appropriately in this case. This person is not an employee of the Milford School District, thus we have no further comment."