Police say workers from Our Little Darlings Day Care center left a 2-year-old girl behind on a Long Island beach. Authorities were called three hours after the field trip to see if anyone had found her. What???
State park police say that a woman told them that the misplaced toddler had been playing with her child Tuesday at Heckscher State Park. When the mom was ready to leave at 3:30 p.m., she started wondering where the hell this child's mother was. Don’t you hate when that happens?
The child wasn't harmed and she has been returned to her understandably distraught mother. First and foremost, what kind of day care would take toddlers to the beach? I can barely keep track of my own kids who are 5 and 7; there is no way I could safely keep track of several toddlers, nor would I want to near open water. Secondly, who the hell allows their toddler to be taken to the beach without being present to supervise? Am I crazy or is this a dangerous scenario, even if the day care hadn't lost the toddler?
As the mother, I would be looking for a new day care -- preferably one that doesn't take the children on dangerous outings near open water, or handling shards of glass or swallowing swords. One that keeps the matches, Drano, and knives in locked drawers and perhaps even hires someone with enough brains to not leave the beach without my 2-year-old toddler who could be drowning. What the hell people?
Can you imagine showing up to pick up your kid from day care only to be told that the day care had lost her at the beach and, instead of sending out a search and rescue team, they all headed back to the center and hoped that your child didn't drown or get abducted. I’m pretty sure I would have hurt someone.
I think this day care should be fined and shut down until they can prove that the workers have been properly trained in how to deal with these sorts of situations. Otherwise, this could happen again, and maybe next time the toddler will not be so lucky as to end up safe in his or her mother’s arms.
What would you do if the day care center you entrusted your child with lost your child near a body of water and then just left?
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