ORLANDO, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that a 4-year-old boy was left alone inside a daycare.

Two teachers have been fired after they went home for the night, leaving the child behind because his mother overslept, according to News13.

The daycare hosted a parents’ night out on Friday, so parents dropped their kids off before going out. One mother decided to take a nap before picking her child up, and she overslept.

She planned on picking her son up around 10 p.m. and rushed over when she woke up. She arrived to see the daycare was closed and locked up for the night.

The mother called the sheriff’s office immediately, who then got in touch with an employee. That employee did not have a key so the Orange County Fire Rescue was called in to gain access to the building.

The owner provided investigators a list of employees who worked Friday night.

The child was finally located around 1:30 a.m.

The owners of Kids R Kids Waterford, Jose and Rosa Diaz, issued a statement in which they said the two teachers responsible have been terminated.

The statement obtained by the station read: “This was a miscommunication between two staff members during the clearing and closing process of the center. Thankfully the child was found safe and asleep, and was reunited with his mother. In light of this mishap, the teachers at fault and have seen been terminated. Here at Kids R Kids we strive to make safety our top priority and we have a zero tolerance policy for occurrences such as this one. Please know that we are taking every precaution to make sure that this never happens again. Our entire staff will be undergoing additional safety re-training in regards to proper procedures for clearing and closing our center as early as Monday morning. Parent’s Night Out will be suspended until this training is completed.”

The investigation is currently ongoing.


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