Woman Spots Terrified Toddler Bawling Outside Daycare 10 Minutes After Closing. It Doesn't Take Long For Her To Figure Out The Shocking Story
A daycare worker in North Carolina has been fired after a toddler was seen crying hysterically outside of the center by himself. Keep reading for the full story!
A daycare worker in North Carolina has been unceremoniously fired after a Good Samaritan discovered a crying toddler standing outside the daycare center.
According to Fox 46 News, the witness spotted the terrified little boy standing outside the daycare just as it was shutting down for the day around 5:40 p.m. last Wednesday.
The Good Samaritan then revealed that the toddler was crying hysterically while knocking on one of the back doors behind Sunshine Kids Learning Academy.
"Your mind races everywhere because the sign says they close at 5:30," said witness Tina Quizon, who caught the heartbreaking ordeal on camera. "This was clearly 5:40-- and I thought, 'my goodness, has this child been left behind? Is it going to get cold tonight?'"
Cell phone footage of the incident shows the woman notifying daycare employees that the boy was still outside.
When she confronted the employees about the mistake, they reportedly gave conflicting explanations as to why the child was outside in the cold.
One worker, according to Fox 46 News, told the woman that the boy had already gone home for the day.
It was clear to Quizon and others who saw the cell phone footage that nobody at the daycare even knew that the boy had been forgotten outside.
When FOX 46 returned to the daycare to get more information on the show ordeal, they learned that the children are typically brought inside for pickup around 5:15 p.m. each day.
"The child was with the teacher and as they came into the building, he apparently went back out right by the door they were going into the building into," said Sunshine Kids Learning Academy Administrator Catherine Harrington.
"So he could've been out there like, 20 minutes?" FOX 46 asked.
"Could've been-- it's a possibility. Yes ma'am," Harrington replied. That's when we asked about the protocols in place.
"This is never okay," she added. "Never okay. We always have the staff in place to accommodate with the children in our care-- it's never okay. All teachers need to always know how many children are present in their space at any given time. We constantly do head counts."
According to reports, the daycare worker in charge of this particular boy clearly had no idea that the child was missing.
"The teacher is no longer employed here as of yesterday," said Harrington. "They had to be let go because this is something-- this was serious enough to know that you just have to account for every child-- that's our job."
Although the worker has since been fired, the daycare may now reportedly be under state investigation.
When asked if anything like this has ever happened before, Harrington insisted that this was a first for the typically safe daycare.
"No ma'am," said Harrington. "It has not. This is something unfortunate-- but I'm glad we were able to catch it right away."
Fortunately for this boy and his family, a Good Samaritan was there just in time to make sure he got home safe that day.
"I'm just so glad that this had a happy ending," Quizon said.
"Safety is our number one priority here at Sunshine," said Harrington. "And I make sure I account for every child every day."
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