Updated 8 months ago by Josh Breslow
Police are investigating a Lexington daycare after its workers are accused of leaving a 4-year-old boy alone in a park.
According to Lexington Police, people living near Meadowthorpe Park found the child crying around 1 p.m. Wednesday. Officers and neighbors attempted to identify the boy and figure out how he wound up in the park.
"I heard a small child screaming and I realized no one was around. The park was empty and the car [he was in] had driven off," said Frank McClanahan, one of the people who discovered the boy.
About an hour later, the owner of Playhouse Daycare, a daycare center on North Forbes Road in Lexington, returned to the park to get the child. Officers said she told them the boy had been at the park with other kids in the daycare and he had somehow been left behind.
Family members identified the boy as 4-year-old Keavy Taylor. When Keavy's mother and grandmother arrived at the daycare to get the child, they were understandably irate.
"I asked him how he was doing. He said fine. And then I asked [the owner] how is she gonna lose a child and all she could say is 'I didn't do it.' This is your daycare. You all don't do a head count?" the child's mother, Shericka Taylor told LEX 18.
"I panicked because anything could've happened to him. He could've wandered off. Someone could've taken him. Any number of things could've happened to him," said the boy's grandmother, Cynthia Lee. "I know accidents happen, but you don't just leave a kid. You make sure everyone's accounted for... to go that long without knowing that he's not in the daycare for that amount of time?"
The owner, Glendola Lewis spoke to LEX 18 Wednesday afternoon. She said this was an honest mistake: "Things do happen. People make mistakes. I've been in business for 33 years and I've never had this happen before. I understand how she feels. I have children and grandchildren."
Police have not commented on the future of Playhouse Daycare or if Lewis will face any charges.