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Day care centers are supposed to be a safe place for children while their parents are at work. Well, at least, one hopes so. An unsuspecting mother who left her then 1-year-old son at their usual day care was left absolutely horrified when she arrived to pick her son up. While this story is from 2017, it is still a blunt reminder to parents to be aware.
Every parent’s worst nightmare is something bad happening to their child. Every parent wants their children to feel cherished, loved, and most of all, protected. Especially when left in the care of others.
A day care nightmare
The place you leave your child in care is supposed to be a safe place. A place for kids to be looked after while their parents are busy at work or other daily errands. These centers have trained workers who supervise and help the children to develop essential skills like social interaction and problem-solving.
However, as a parent, we have expectations of the care facilities. We put our trust in them and the caregivers. But unfortunately, as the old age saying goes, expectations can lead to disappointments or in this case, a parent’s worst nightmare! This is exactly what happened to Sydney Zimmerman.
Sydney lived in Phoenix City, Alabama, and was the mother of a healthy and happy 1-year-old named Slade. Every day Sydney would drop Slade off at the home day care center and pick him up a few hours later.
Recalling the situation
Sydney Zimmerman remembered leaving work early to fetch her son from the day care center that day. Only to be horrified by what she had walked into when she arrived. She also added that if she didn’t arrive before her usual pick-up time she would have never known what happened.
When Zimmerman arrived at the day care to fetch her son she was shocked to find that her one-year-old son was trapped in a dark closet without any ventilation. Not only that, but strapped to another child’s car seat screaming, “Mama!”. ‘He (Slade) could have overheated and died!” Zimmerman said in anger.
Zimmerman, livid at the state she found her son in said that he was in such a terrible state he could have very easily put something over his head and suffocated in that closest as there was no ventilation. She went on to add that she was absolutely furious and beyond the point of understanding the mistreatment of her son Slade.
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There is no justification
The enraged mother swiftly and immediately rescued her son from the closet and called the police. While waiting for the police to arrive Zinnerman said the day care worker tried to justify their actions. “She’s all…sometimes he doesn’t want to nap. Sometimes he doesn’t this or that.”
Zimmerman later confessed that if she didn’t go with her instincts to pick him up early she might not have known about this mistreatment. She also said that she has an overwhelming feeling that this wasn’t the first time this has happened.
She believes the only reason she never found out sooner was that Slade was too small to tell her how he was being treated. The aggrieved mother went on to say how she couldn’t get the image of her ‘teary-eyed, red-faced boy’ trapped inside a badly ventilated closet out of her mind.
The police finally arrived