Daycare staff leaves 5-year-old boy behind at AT&T Stadium for hours

Daycare horror stories, as the headlines appearing below under “Related Articles” attest, are nothing new. Neither are the shock and outrage these tales of dread elicit each time another one occurs, prompting parents of young children to muse, It could have been mine.

This latest one out of Dallas at least has a happy ending, though the 5-year-old and mother involved would have preferred to be spared the needless ordeal they endured. So would the daycare facility, which is now the target of a police investigation. NBCDFW has the troubling details:

Arlington police are investigating after a north Dallas day care center forgot a five-year-old boy inside AT&T Stadium Thursday.

Leonardo Moncada, 5, went with a group of around 40 children from Jeanette’s Little Haven Christian Academy to the stadium Thursday for “Kids Day” – where around 2,000 kids from approximately 100 North Texas day cares and schools came for tours and a day of fun.

Somehow Moncada became separated from his group, and stadium security later found him wandering alone on the football field.

The child was taken to police headquarters, where the boy’s mother, Erica Corbin, finally showed up for a tearful reunion. Corbin told reporters she was unaware that any of this was going on until she showed up after work as usual at Jeanette’s Little Haven. “I went to pick him up and when I went into room where he normally is [and] I didn’t see him,” she said. “I don’t understand how they wouldn’t realize he’s not there.”

Jeannette Jones, the owner of Jeannette’s Little Haven, told the station that “heads will roll” over the mistake, adding:

I am devastated by this, I admit this was a horrible mistake and I’m so thankful Leonardo is safe. I’ve been in the child care business 25 years and nothing, nothing, nothing like this has ever happened before.

This was a shocking mistake and I can promise you heads will roll.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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