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

StarMetro Edmonton - - EDMONTON - HAMDI ISSAWI HAMDI ISSAWI/STARMETRO

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.”

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