Chicago dad Cornelius Jones did not know what to think when he arrived at his 1-year old daughter’s daycare to find its doors locked and the lights off earlier this week.
Jones buzzed to be let in and called the All Things Are Possible For Kids daycare center several times. He reportedly arrived 15 minutes before the center was to close. Out of panic and frustration, he kicked the door, and that’s when he heard the unmistakable cry of his daughter, Journee.
“I was terrified and I was also hurt because I knew she was in there in the dark and I couldn’t get to her,” Jones told FOX 32.
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The father managed to flag down a police officer, who then called the fire department. Jones recorded the rescue with his cell phone.
After the firefighters opened the door to a pitch black room, Jones recounted, “I was wondering where is she, where is she. I hear her, but I couldn’t see her. And one of the police officers flashed a light to the left and flashed it back to the right and that’s when I saw her crawling towards us screaming and my heart just dropped.”
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Journee was unharmed, but her mother, Quanesha Borum, is upset and believes the center must be held accountable. “I honestly think they should shut it down, because if they can’t keep an eye on her, they can’t keep an eye on the other kids,” she told ABC 7 News.
According to Borum, the center director apologized and offered an explanation. “[S]he told me that they thought Journee was a doll, but she’s not that little to be a doll, so it’s some excuses,” the mother said.
“Protocol is, when you let the kids go, you check the whole checklist down and make sure everyone’s checked out. Who was supposed to check that checklist?” Jones questioned.
“Journee had only been to All Things Are Possible for Kids for a week. On Tuesday, her parents stayed home from work to care for the active little girl and said they have no plans to enroll her in any daycare,” according to ABC 7.
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