Kid’s First Adventure day care center leaves toddler behind after field trip
A toddler and his mother were reunited Friday after the boy was left behind during a field trip with his day care center. Luckily, a good Samaritan found the boy and kept him safe until police arrived.
Jennifer Ewens says she found the little boy alone in West Side Park in Newark. She says he was old enough to walk, but not old enough to talk. She says he started to tug on her leg and was crying.
"I knew I had to take care of that baby and make sure he got to his mother," Ewens says.
Ewens, who was at the park with her own 2-year-old child, says she called police and waited there with the little boy. She says before police arrived, someone from Kid's First Adventure day care returned to the park.
"The director is trying to explain to us, 'We have permission to go to the park,'" Ewens says. "In my mind, I'm saying 'Of course you have permission to bring kids to the park. But you don't have permission to leave them behind.'"
News 12 New Jersey sent to the day care center for comment, but no one would speak on camera. Someone did say that the center's director was at the hospital with the child's parents. The child is expected to be OK.
The Essex County Sheriff's Department is investigating.