Imagine going to your local daycare to pick up your child, only to find out he or she is “missing”. That’s what happened to Rosie Mendez in August when she went to pick up her 2 year old son. No one from the daycare or police notified her that her son had been missing for over two hours.
Her son Eric had been attending the YMCA’s Children’s Station daycare in central Orange County. Although the attendants at the daycare are not sure when it happened, somehow the two toddlers escaped from the grounds through a broken fence and were discovered missing during a routine headcount around 3pm. They were only discovered when neighbors saw two toddlers playing on the railroad tracks used by Metrolink. Police came and picked them up but still didn’t know where the children were from. They drove around until they spotted the daycare and assumed the kids had wandered away from the facility.
California state regulators are now investigating the daycare for any violations. This facility should be thankful that nothing tragic happened to these two toddlers, although Metrolink trains run every 30 minutes through this area of Anaheim.
Know your daycare facility, check for violations and make sure that you know their emergency procedures. This situation can happen all too frequently. As a father and a California personal injury attorney, I really cannot excuse the failure to notify the parents. Once the children were missing, an immediate call should have been made. I would want to know and help with the search, as I suspect you would too.