Bus aide Francella Van Fossen slaps nonverbal girl in wheelchair Noblesville Schools/Stoesz & Stoesz, LLC, Indianapolis Star

A Noblesville woman is expected to plead guilty to a misdemeanor count of battery after slapping a nonverbal child who uses a wheelchair across the face while helping load her onto a school bus.

Francella Van Fossen was a Noblesville Schools bus aide and helping bus driver Joey Heinzmann strap 10-year-old Riley Hartman’s wheelchair into the back of School Bus 56 in May when she struck the child across the face.

Riley suffered a traumatic brain injury five years ago in a car accident that killed her father, Scott Hartman.

IndyStar doesn’t typically identify children who are victims of abuse. Riley’s mother, Elizabeth Hartman, who plans on speaking publicly about the case in court Monday, consented to the paper’s request through her attorney.

In video captured by a security camera on the bus and provided to IndyStar, Van Fossen and Heinzmann can be seen strapping in the wheelchair while Riley is kicking her feet and sometimes flailing an arm.

Several times the women can be heard telling Riley to stop kicking and hitting.

While Van Fossen is restraining Riley and the other woman is strapping in a walker in front of the child, Riley appears to bend her head toward Van Fossen’s arm. Van Fossen swings an open hand around and strikes Riley’s cheek, making an audible slapping sound.