Lynda Deshommes is a working mother, and like thousands of others out there, she has to rely on daycare to watch her child during the workday. However, First Adventure Day Care Center failed her this past Friday, when they “misplaced” her child.
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On Friday afternoon, Deshommes received a nightmare phone call from the daycare facility. They called to inform her that her 18-month-old son, Nathaniel, had been left behind at a Newark park during an outing planned by the facility.
The child had been located safe and sound near the park where he had been left. After realizing he was alone, Nathaniel approach another mother who was in the park with her daughter and nephew. The woman, Jennifer Ewens, describes not even realizing Nathaniel was in the park until she felt him cling to her leg.
The mother quickly realized the poor baby was here alone, and comforted him as she watched her daughter and nephew. While the toddler seemed distressed, Ewens noted that she believed that he was simply in need of his nap.
Not long after leaving Nathaniel behind, the daycare workers returned to the park desperate to find him. Once they spotted him with Ewens, she did what any mother would do: refused to give up the child until the daycare facility could prove he was the child that they were looking for — but they couldn’t even remember Nathaniel’s name. For Ewens, that meant she was keeping the toddler until the police arrived.
Local police eventually arrived, and now Deshommes is sharing her experience with parents as a warning and a show gratitude towards Ewens for protecting her son.
Deshommes is looking for a new day care center that prides itself on child safety.
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