Girl, 4, Found Sobbing in Park After Being Left Behind by Daycare Center

Preschool reportedly failed to do a proper head count and exceeded passenger occupancy limits on two vans used to transport children.

Spirit Truth Preschool and Daycare Center, a child care facility, was hit with several safety violations after a 4-year-old girl was left behind at Musick Park during a field trip in July, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

According to the report, a complaint was made to police and state child care regulators by a parent after he was told by a staff member several hours later that his daughter had been accidentally left at the park that day.

The girl was found shortly thereafter sobbing in the park. 

From the report

A follow-up investigation by regulators with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services found that the child care staff failed to do a proper head count and had also exceeded passenger occupancy limits on two passenger vans used to transport the children. Documents show staff took 32 children to the park in two vans that each had a 14-passenger limit. In the return trip, the center transported 39 children in the same two vans, records show.

The preschool is part of , a Christian church located at 8727 Dunn Rd.

For more on this story, check out the story on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website.

Jill Smith August 21, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Ridiculous! They should thank God that nobody kidnapped or hurt that poor child...and that there wasn't an accident with that many evidently unrestrained children in those vehicles! They should not be allowed to be in charge of anyone's children from this point on. They've proven to be incompetent.
Angela Atkinson (Editor) August 21, 2012 at 09:09 PM
I've heard similar comments from our Facebook fans, and I cannot disagree. My own son was left in a parking lot near a very busy highway by a daycare at the age of 5, and to say I was upset is an understatement. I was very grateful that he was ok, but I immediately removed him from their care and reported them.
tricia adelsberger June 10, 2013 at 10:05 AM
they gave my kids the wrong medication on 6/6/2013
tricia adelsberger June 10, 2013 at 10:05 AM
they need to be shut down I mean who really does that and then the worker is still employed


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