By Jonathan Safran, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
The incident that resulting in a a 2-and-a-half-year-old girl being left behind in a Wisconsin Park has an Appleton, Wisconsin day care center reviewing their policies. The girl was left behind at the park for about 30 minutes.
The incident happened on August 5 and, according to the police report, the day care left the park at about 12:10 p.m. Police officers arrived after the park after they were contacted by other concerned mothers who noticed the girl was unattended.
Although the girl was unhurt, Karen Olson, director of the day care center, Creative Child Learning, is still devastated by the incident and claims it is just unclear how the girl was left behind. Olson says staffers repeatedly counted the children, but the child was somehow forgotten. Creative Learning received a separate state order in the spring requiring closer supervision of children. This order was the result after a child got too close to a hot iron during an art activity. If you would like to read more on this story please see 2 1/2-year-old girl left behind at Wisconsin park by day care center.
Luckily, this girl was uninjured. Day care centers have an obligation to care for the children in their custody. While on field trips, day care employees can employ easy methods to check on their children such as the buddy system. Always keeping a watchful eye will tremendously reduce the risk of leaving a child behind while on field trips.