Child left alone in Memphis day-care - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Jason Miles

Child left alone in Memphis day-care

Six year-old Quantrecia Taylor was happy to be back in the arms of her mother Tuesday.

"Very glad," she said.

Taylor was still traumatized 24 hours after an employee at Kings and Queens Day Care locked up with her still inside.

"I was on a little red couch taking a nap," Tayor said.

It was around 6 o'clock Monday night.

"And when I stood up in there screaming, nobody heard me," said the little girl, with tears in her eyes.  "Cause nobody was in there."

Quantrecia's mom was in panic mode after her boyfriend discovered the doors locked and no cars in the lot.

"I called my mom and asked if she'd gotten her," said Shakita Clayton.  "Called my sister and asked if she'd gotten her. They told me no."

The little girl found an exit, and was soon walking along Shelby Drive toward Third Street.

"If she would have attempted to get across 3rd -- there's a possibility she would have got hit," her mom said.

A woman in a passing car helped get Quantrecia to safety minutes after Clayton called police.

"They should have checked the day care center to make sure all the children were gone," Clayton said.

The Department of Human Services was on the scene shortly after Action News 5 made a call on Quantrecia's behalf.

"And sometimes accidents and incidents do happen -- however, we will follow up," investigator Bennie Walker told us.

Employees were not as willing to talk to us about their mistake.  It's something that has little Quantrecia and her mom looking for a new day-care.

"Yesterday was her last day," Clayton said.

A DHS spokesperson tells Action News 5 this is the first infraction for Kings & Queens Day-Care, which has the department's highest rating.  The owner told us the employee who forgot to check the building will be disciplined.


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