Chesterfield, Virginia, daycare workers allegedly left a 2-year-old boy alone and locked in the center after it closed and went home for the night.
The boy’s mother, who asked that her name be withheld, arrived to pick up her son at Faith of Life Learning Center on Tuesday before its scheduled closing time of 6 p.m. but found all of the employees were gone and the door locked.
“I go up to the door,” the mother told CBS 6. "I’m ringing the bell. No one is coming. No one is answering.”
She called the police as she thought someone took her child.
A child’s screams shortly after drew her to look around back at the playground area and in the center’s windows.
“I get all the way to the last window and there’s my son in the classroom by himself, screaming and crying,” the mother said.
Police broke one of the center’s windows to rescue the unharmed child and reunite him with his mother.
A side door was later discovered by one of the officers to be unlocked.
“Anyone could have walked in,” the mother said.
The daycare’s owner was called to the center and spoke to the mother and police. The mother said she did not have any answers as to why her son was left alone.
“There are so many holes in the procedures and policies that a child has been left behind," the mother said. "I would like her to take this wake-up call seriously. This should never have happened. It could have easily gotten to the point where I never could have seen my son again.”
The mother told NBC 12 that her son will not be returning to Faith of Life Learning Center.
Police and the Department of Social Services are investigating the incident. At this time, no charges have been filed.