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‘It never should have happened’: Woman wants day care shut down after toddler found wandering dirty alley

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MARYSVILLE, Wash. — A Marysville day care is still open for business after a 20-month-old boy under its care was found wandering around a back alley about a week ago — and it’s not the first time the day care lost track of one of its kids.

A pizza restaurant employee found the little boy all alone wandering down a back alley where broken glass and discarded needles are regularly found

“He was cold, he was scared, he was 20-months-old,” said Danielle Ballrow.

Ballrow said her employee first spotted the child wandering around the alley.

She said police told her the child was supposed to be inside the Marysville Daycare and Learning Center, but she believes the boy somehow escaped through the fire exit without anyone knowing.

“That little boy was lost cold and scared it never should have happened,” she said.

But it did happen and wasn’t not the first time.

State records revealed another child somehow escaped the building without anyone’s knowledge nearly two years ago.

In both cases the children were later found unharmed.

Now Ballrow, who once used to run her own day care, said enough is enough.

“I’m a mother, I’m a grandmother of a 2-year-old and I’ve never lost a child,” she said. “I’ve helped raise more kids than I could count.”

Even more shocking for Ballrow, the day care is full of children and still operating.

Since 2010 at least 7 complaints were lodged against the facility. Ballrow believes the state should revoke the center’s license and shut it down.

“To not know one was missing, to not know who was missing, to not know how long he was missing, that’s a huge deal,” she said.

Employees inside the day care would not comment or describe what steps they are taking to make sure something like this never happens again.

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services would not confirm it’s investigating the day care, saying privacy laws prevent it from disclosing that information.

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5 comments

  • Kenneth Briggs

    what about a back yard fence ? if the the kids can walk , run or what ever get them selves in the alley , then who ever gave the place a license is in the wrong for they did not go and check the place out , for safety reasons , they should be fired the daycare is in the wrong also for they knew that something like this could happen after all then a mad dog could come in the back yard and harm a kid . put a fence cup with a gate that locks up wherekids can not get out .

  • Marcia Lozeau

    I work on the other side of their playground which has,in my opinion, way to many broken toys lining the fence. The kids are usually screaming at each other and I have yet to hear some one say that is inappropriate talk… The kids seem to play outside with only thin sweatshirts not coats which I would expect. They definitely need some help and instruction on what is correct.

  • katie

    I work next door and this is the first I’ve heard of this.
    Marysville especially that area is very dangerous. Full of crack heads.. He’s lucky he didn’t get molested or kidnapped.

  • Savannah

    You can NOT just lose someone else’s child and expect them to be Ok with it. This is ridiculous. Why hasn’t anyone come in to look around or inspect it, if kids are getting out through the back, they should check it to make sure its working properly! I live here and its scary and NASTY.

  • Nikki

    I work at an in-home daycare center. Been here for over 14 years, and let me tell you, if WE had this happen, our doors would be shut, our liscense suspended, and we would need a lawyer to get us back open and for the investgation. The state makes sure of that. This center needs to be shut down and and investigation done. Why did they not know he was gone? Why wasnt the door alarm on like we are REQUIRED to have? Where were the teachers when he opened that side fire exit door? Again, where was that alarm that the state makes us put in that goes off when someone opens and shuts the doors? Serious lack of supervision and definate training is needed. The center should be shut down and the owner needs to be held responsible.