Bibb student accused of choking girl on bus indicted

A 17-year-old Bibb County Schools student accused of choking an 11-year-old on a school bus in August was indicted Tuesday, charged with aggravated assault and child cruelty, according to an indictment.

Iesha Latrece Tolbert, then a Central High School student, and the Miller Middle School student allegedly exchanged words on the bus Aug. 11 about a neighborhood spat at about 7 a.m. When the younger girl stood up to allow another student to get off the bus, Tolbert allegedly pushed and choked her, according to an incident report.

Although Tolbert wrote in a statement that she held the girl down in the seat, she denied choking the girl, according to an arrest warrant and the report.

Tolbert was arrested on Aug. 14 and was released about a week later on $16,900 bond, according to Bibb County jail records.

Tolbert was still enrolled in Bibb County Schools Tuesday. Information hasn't been released about which school she attends.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.