A baby locked inside of a Texas daycare center and left by himself had to be rescued by his parents – who busted through a window and found their 10-month-old son alone in a crib, crying.
Writes Click2Houston: “Sharonda Ross dropped her little boy, Jordan, at Joann’s Day Care in northeast Houston Monday morning. When she went to pick the baby up, the doors were locked with her baby crying inside.”
When Ross got to the daycare, the doors were locked, the lights were off and everyone had gone home. The frantic mom said she raced home to see if her boyfriend had picked up Jordan. He hadn’t; Ross and Jordan’s father then returned and broke into the building.
“I was thinking this isn’t happening. I’m dreaming,” Sharonda said. “I’m going to wake up and it’s going to be a dream. I’m just at a loss for words.”
Ross says the daycare technically closes at six every evening, but she has an arrangement where she can pick Jordan up shortly after closing time each day, since she works until six o’clock every night.
Joann Davis, who owns the daycare, spoke to the media, saying she was “deeply, terribly sorry” that her employee had left Jordan alone, but added that she is not planning on firing the employee at this time.
“I thank God he was OK… It was our mistake. I’m not saying it’s not. But the main thing is the baby’s okay, and I’m sorry as I can be,” she said.
Davis has since sent out a letter, warning parents who have contracted with the center, that the story was about to break.
“You will probably see our story on the news and we are not running from this,” the letter read in part. “The baby was given a bath, because he was uncomfortable due to a diaper rash. The teacher fed him, bathed him, changed him and placed him in his crib to rest while she finished cleaning the room.”
A few users have already posted negative comments on the daycare’s Yelp page, reporting the incident.
One of the users wrote: “Owner refuses to fire the employee. This will be the people taking care of your child.” Another said something similar, writing: “The thing that also gets me is that the owner said the responsible employee is not going to get fired. That makes no sense. Maybe some bad reviews are what they need to take further action.”
Sharonda Ross has now opened up a child abandonment complaint with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.