JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A former school bus driver on trial this week in a child sex abuse case is back in the hospital, and refusing to return to court.
Sergio Sandoval's trial was scheduled to resume Wednesday morning. But before that could happen, Sandoval passed out in a stairwell at the courthouse. An ambulance took him to Singing River Hospital, and he was released around 10:20 a.m. He returned to the courtroom in a wheelchair shortly after.
Sandoval's attorney said his client appeared to be incompetent to stand trial, and asked for a mistrial. That request was denied by the judge.
The district attorney suggested that Sandoval be given a short break, and the court recessed until 1 p.m. During that time, Sandoval returned to the hospital and reportedly refused to leave. His family is upset because they say the hospital refuses to admit him.
Sandoval is scheduled to undergo a psychological evaluation Wednesday evening.
Prosecutors argued earlier in the day that medical record show Sandoval does not have any medical problems, so Wednesday morning's episode was stress related. They also said Sandoval started crying when asked why he was in court, so he understands the nature of the trial.
Sandoval is accused of inappropriately touching an 8-year-old student who rode the bus he drove for the Ocean Springs School District. The trial will resume Thursday at 7:45 a.m.