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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - A frantic search for two young girls ended when St. Louis Metropolitan Police found the girls on a school bus more than 6 miles from their bus stop. The students attend a charter school in St. Louis City serviced by First Student.

The mother of the 6 and 7-year-old girls says her daughters are regularly dropped off near the intersection of S. 39th and Blaine, but were not dropped off at their stop Wednesday afternoon.  She says a family member contacted First Student, and was told the girls exited the bus at their stop.

“We specifically said their names, and he let us know that he let them off the bus at 3:50,” said Tammisha Woodberry.

The girls were eventually found on a school bus near Goodfellow Blvd. and Dressell Ave.  Police are still investigating, but Woodberry is upset.

“My babies were still on the bus during the whole situation, and that’s like unbelievable.”

First Student tells us the girls missed their bus stop and remained on the bus as it continued its route.  A spokesman says the girls were never left alone.  He says he is not aware of anyone from First Student telling the family the girls were dropped off at their stop.  He said the bus driver would undergo re-training.