According to wral.com a daycare center is now under investigation after they closed for the weekend with a 6 month year-old baby still inside.
Tanaya Merchen, 30 A mother is calling for the facility to be shut down after she arrived to pick up her 6-month-old son Avery from Kids R Us Childcare Center in Billings, Mont., and realized the facility had closed early.
The single mother of three enrolled Avery in the center five days a week, from 6:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., She showed up on Friday at 5:30 p.m and was stunned.
Merchen was not satisfied with the center’s explanations for the error. “I was later told an employee who usually doesn’t work in the baby room must have forgotten him,” she says. “Then it was ‘miscommunication,’ because the staff thought all the kids had gone home for the night.”
Owner Kim Redding, who did not respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment, told a local news station, KULR, that the staff believed the center was empty. “Miscommunication,” she said. “It was a horrible mistake and we’re sorry and we have a damage control method for staff to check out the sign-out sheets and be careful.”
Merchen says that the director contacted her Friday evening and promised to establish tighter safety rules, however, in light of its previous violations, she wants the center to close indefinitely.
KULR uncovered reports from the state’s Department of Public Health and Human Services that showed multiple safety breaches: In April 2014, Kids R Us was cited after only three of 18 children were found to have signed in; on another occasion, 18 children were found under the care of one “unapproved” adult. And in June 2017, eight kids were being watched by one adult, despite licensing rules that require at least two adults when six or more children are present.