Mother claims daycare took child without permission
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
A Las Vegas mother is furious at her son's elementary school and a daycare to which she had considered sending him.
She claims the school allowed her son to be taken from school by a daycare worker without her permission. She further claims workers at the daycare didn't even know her first name.
Hope Harris said she assumed the worst on Tuesday when she went to pick her child up from another daycare center, and was told he never arrived. It turned out the 7-year-old was at the Tinker Town Learn & Play Center, a daycare where she said her son didn't have permission to be.
"They said he never came there after school. I ran out to the car and called 911 immediately and reported him missing," Harris said.
After almost five hours of searching, police located Harris' son at Tinker Town, near Lamb Boulevard and Bonanza Road. Harris said she had gone to the daycare the day before to check their prices.
"I had no intentions of going back because it was $280 a week, and I cannot afford that," Harris said.
While Harris claimed Tinker Town asked for her son's name and his school, she said they never asked for her personal information and that she never singed anything or paid them.
"How were they supposed to contact me and tell me that my son was injured? You don't even know my first name," said Harris.
Harris said she was more upset with the staff at her son's school, Dearing Elementary. Harris said they allowed a Tinker Town employee to pick her son up without checking with her.
"So just one day some lady shows up and you just release him? No one had any reason to pick my son up," Harris said.
The Clark County School District on Thursday released the following statement to FOX5:
"School administrators are aware of this matter and are conducting a thorough review of the situation by working with the student's parent, local law enforcement and the child care provider involved."
"The worst things come to mind, like he could have been dead somewhere, and I had no idea where he was," Harris said.
Harris said her son's school didn't even ask for identification from the daycare worker who picked her son up. She has since pulled her son from Dearing and said she is considering legal action against the school and Tinker Town.
FOX5 on Thursday evening spoke with Tinker Town Owner Sherry Overby. Overby claimed Harris signed paperwork allowing her child to be picked up from school by Tinker Town. Overby provided the following statement:
"This is very unfair that this parent is accusing us of something that wasn't true, as the parent signed the bus sheet for her son to get picked up."
Overby went on to say Harris came to Tinker Town to get paperwork started with the intention of getting her child enrolled and that they have a copy of the signed bus sheet.
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