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Daycare mix-up involves forgery accusation, suspension

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The manager of a preschool that picked up a boy from school without his mother's permission has been suspended without pay for a week.

The mix-up happened on Tuesday. On Monday, Hope Harris toured Tinker Town Lean & Play Center, inquiring about prices.

Harris is now furious with Tinker Town and her son's school, Dearing Elementary. For five hours on Tuesday, she had no idea where her son was.

Tinker Town is now admitting it made a mistake in picking the boy up.

"Why they [Tinker Town] are still in business is beyond me," Harris said. "This should have never happened."

Police located Harris' son at Tinker Town, located on Bonanza Road near Lamb Boulevard, after five hours of searching.

Harris discovered her son was missing when she arrived at the daycare she usually takes her son to discover he never showed up.

While Harris was touring Tinker Town on Monday, she inquired as to if the daycare picks kids up from their schools. That's where Tinker Town Director Sherry Citliotti claims the confusion occurred.

"She signed my bus board, asking to go to her son's school and pick him up on this day, this day and this day. It was an honest mistake," Citliotti said.

Harris claims she never paid, gave personal information to or signed anything at Tinker Town.

"I didn't actually sign him in. She showed me the bus sign-in sheet. She's like, ‘Let me show you how to do it,'" Harris said.

Meanwhile, a person claiming to be a Tinker Town employee emailed the following to FOX5's The Rant on Friday:

"I work for that daycare, and the director isn't telling the truth. The director is saying that the mother signed paperwork, only because the director forged the mother's name."

That's an allegation Harris has also made. She claims that after police picked her son up from Tinker Town, an officer showed her a cell phone picture of the documents the daycare claimed she signed.

"The officer showed me this, what they said [I] signed. I said, ‘That's not my handwriting," Harris said.

While Citliotti admits she made a mistake in assuming Harris had given permission to have her son picked up, she claims she never forged any documents and was only trying to help.

"I work with children. I want to help out a parent with a child who's in need. That's my job. That's what I do," she said.

Tinker Town's owner on Friday informed FOX5 that Citliotti has been suspended. She corroborated what Citliotti said, however, claiming no signatures were forged and that it was an honest mistake.

Harris is considering legal action against Tinker Town as well as her son's school.

Clark County School District said it is investigating how the boy was released to an employee of Tinker Town without his mother's permission.

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