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Teacher fired, daycare explains how 3-year-old was able to wander away

Camden Groover. Source: Family Camden Groover. Source: Family
"What we learned is that we need to do a better job of constantly reminding our teachers of the significance of each and every step we have in place to ensure the safety of the children in our care.  " "What we learned is that we need to do a better job of constantly reminding our teachers of the significance of each and every step we have in place to ensure the safety of the children in our care. "
"He could have gotten picked up and no one would have known... The daycare didn't know that he was gone." "He could have gotten picked up and no one would have known... The daycare didn't know that he was gone."
BRANDON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Brandon daycare has now sent a letter to parents explaining how a 3-year-old was able to wander away earlier this week.

Brittany Groover says her son, Camden, was unaccounted for at Lake Village Learning Center for at least two hours without anyone noticing.

"I had so many emotions I was...I could barely breathe," Groover said.

She says Camden walked to their Brandon home, located in a neighborhood behind the daycare.

"He could have gotten picked up and no one would have known. I wouldn't have got the call from my son saying he's here. The daycare didn't know that he was gone," Groover said. 

Camden was unharmed, but his mother was upset that the workers at the daycare had no idea where her child was despite having several security cameras.

She even went to the daycare to confront them.

"I said, 'Well can you tell me where he's at right now?'" Groover recalled. "So she got up and left the office, and went to the classroom and other areas that they might travel during the day, and then she came back to the office and said, 'Well, did someone pick him up earlier?'"

"No, he walked home," Groover replied.

The daycare sent a letter to parents on Thursday to explain what happened. The letter also indicated the teacher responsible for the mistake had been fired.

Here is the letter, in full: 

Dear Parents:

We had an incident at our center this past week, which was as upsetting to us as I'm sure it was to you if you are already aware of it through the local media. By this letter I want to apologize to you, and let you know that the center takes full responsibility for the incident and is taking steps to make sure something like this never happens again.

The incident occurred during an outdoor playtime period. One of our students crawled under a small opening in a fence and made his way to his home in the adjoining neighborhood. Thankfully he suffered no harm and his brother was home when he got there. Our procedures require teachers to do a head count of children both when they leave the building to go to the outdoor play area and when they return into the building. This procedure was not followed by the teacher and caused her to not be aware that the child had not come in from the play area.

This was serious breach of our safety standards and the teacher has been terminated.

What we learned is that we need to do a better job of constantly reminding our teachers of the significance of each and every step we have in place to ensure the safety of the children in our care. We are addressing this now. We are also taking steps to close up the hole under the fence and re-evaluating even the smallest areas where children could potentially try to roam away from teachers, both inside and outside our facility.

We remain committed to providing our parents with the best possible care for their children in a safe and healthy environment and assure you this incident will only serve to improve our attention to each and every procedure we have in place to do this. I want to thank you for your continued confidence and trust in our center and promise we will work hard to make sure it is justified.

Sincerely yours,

Leon Jones, Owner

For her part, Groover says she can no longer trust the daycare's system.

"He will not be going back there because I'm trying to forgive, but I can't forget," Groover said. "The trust isn't there anymore."

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