Sharonda Ross went to pick up her 10-month-old son Jordan at Joann's Day Care and Camp in Houston, Texas, but when she arrived there 45 minutes before the facility closed on July 27, she was surprised to find the doors were locked, ABC News reported (video below).
Ross told KTRK she initially believed her husband and picked up their child and went home, where the parents quickly discovered neither of them had Jordan. They rushed back to the day care, where Ross said she could hear her son crying in a crib. She pounded on the window three times before she took action.
"I put my phone on record and start recording it. He breaks the window. We start breaking the glass out. He goes in and I'm still recording it the whole time. He comes (back) and there's my baby — just left," Ross said. "Nobody's here, no cars, no nothing. I called the day care several times on my way to make sure to see if he's at home and on the way back and my child's here at day care by himself, no supervision. Nobody's here.”
Although Jordan was safe, Ross has filed a report with Harris County Sheriff's office. The investigation is ongoing, but the day care’s owner apologized. "First I'm deeply, terribly sorry," Joann Davis told KTRK. "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.”
Davis said the employee who left Jordan alone won’t be fired and Ross isn’t sure she’ll put her son in day care again.
"I don't see myself allowing him to go to day care," she said. "I'm going to be at work and asking, 'Is my baby by himself? At what point did you forget my child was there?’"