Four-year-old girl left alone on bus for two hours
Daycare says it didn’t realize child went back to her seat instead of exiting the vehicle
A local mother faced one of her darkest fears on Friday when an Edmonton daycare temporarily lost track of one of her children.
On Friday afternoon, shortly before 5:30 p.m., Ashley LeBlanc swung by Angel Keepers, in the Homesteader neighbourhood, to pick up her two daughters, ages 4 and 5, and a 3-year-old son.
“When I walked in, I saw my one daughter ... but I didn’t see my other,” LeBlanc recalled. “So I asked, ‘Where is (Arabella)?’ And they said to me, ‘She’s not here today.’ ”
On weekday mornings, LeBlanc drops off her two girls at school, and — until now — her son at the daycare. It offers an after-school pickup that shuttled both her daughters An oversight at Angel Keepers daycare in northeast Edmonton led to a 4-year-old girl being left alone on a bus for about two hours on Friday.
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to the facility, and Friday was no different.
Mandeep Kaur, the director of Angel Keepers who was working Friday evening, said the bus arrived outside the daycare at about 3:45 p.m. Staff later found the 4-yearold
asleep in her seat.
Daycare co-owner Rupinder Grewal, who was driving the bus, said she saw Arabella standing in line with 15 other children prepared to file out of the bus. But somehow, the girl slipped back into her seat,
where she fell asleep until staff found her at LeBlanc’s behest about two hours later.
“By the time they found her, she was on the bus, soaking wet, cold and alone,” LeBlanc added. “She had wet herself.”