Baby Abandoned at Day Care, Workers Say They Thought She Was a Doll
The All Things Are Possible for Kids day care center in Chicago is under investigation by the Department Children and Family Services following a report that workers left a toddler unattended in the center after closing.
Details of the Day Care Incident
“I was terrified and I was also hurt because I knew she was in there in the dark and I couldn’t get to her. I was wondering where is she, where is she? I hear her, but I couldn’t see her.” – Cornelius Jones as published by Fox 32 News
According to the FOX 32 News, Cornelius Jones arrived at All Things Are Possible for Kids 15 minutes before the center closed last Monday to the sound of his daughter, 1-year-old Journee Jones, crying inside the dark, locked building.
Jones immediately called local emergency authorities who forced the door open.
A cell phone video captured the fire department breaking open the door and finding little Journee on the floor of a dark hallway, crying. Staff offered an explanation to the parents, claiming they were still in the back of the building when the father arrived. They also said that they had mistaken the girl for a doll.
“She’s not that little to be a doll, so it’s some excuse,” said Quanesha Borum, Journee’s mother.
Jones is asking that the day care have its license revoked and the center be shut down.
Lack of Day Care Oversight
- The last study analyzing child care fatalities was published a decade ago. The study found that between 1985 and 2003, 1,362 children died in child care settings.
- Common causes of death were unintentional injuries, drowning, and transportation accidents.
- Currently, the United States does not have federal reporting requirements for child care fatalities.
- At the state level, only 38 state require licensed child care facilities to report child fatalities to their state licensing agencies.