State Investigating Daycare After Child Wanders Away

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS (CBSDFW.COM) – A state agency is investigating a North Richland Hills daycare after a child wandered out of the playground and into the neighborhood.

Child Care Licensing confirmed that investigators are looking into the incident, which happened at the Cambridge Christian Academy. A daycare spokesman said the teacher was fired immediately and that school officials informed the state of the situation.

Bedford resident Cedric Malone, 39, said the school’s assistant director called him to say his one-year-old son, Milez, left the playground.

“She said Milez got out of the gate and somebody got him,” he said. “She paused and my heart dropped.”

Milez was not hurt. Malone is not sure how long his son was alone, but was told a woman driving by spotted the boy and returned him to the daycare.

“We are grateful more than words can express,” Malone said. “Me feeling my son was gone? It’s a feeling I don’t think no one should go through.”

Cambridge Christian Academy owner Wanda Smith said the school took immediate action after the incident by firing the teacher and notifying the state.

“Child Care Licensing is currently investigating the incident, including interviewing the caregivers that day,” said Marissa Gonzales, spokeswoman with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

The academy is continuing to operate during the investigation, Gonzales said. Cambridge Christian Academy’s previous compliance history does not show any previous violations listed in regards to child supervision.

“Depending on the outcome, further action may be taken,” Gonzales said.

The public can check any licensed daycare’s compliance and investigation history at its website.

Meanwhile, Malone said he feels the school should be shut down during the investigation. He no longer takes his son there, and said he worries for the other children.

“I know accidents happen, but it’s just pure negligence,” he said. “It drives anger in me; it was pure negligence.”

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  • Jack

    I was okay with the article and have sympathy for the Dad. However, the request for the entire school to be shut down is just ridiculous. Why should other parents have to scramble for daycare because of one individual who no longer works there? Let other parents decide for themselves to take their kids or not. If there had been a history of violations…then yes, shut it down. But there are none, and it appears the school handled the situation correctly.

    • Troll Slayer

      I agree. It sounds like the school’s owner responded immediately. She took responsibility and is working to make sure it doesn’t happen again. The father can’t reasonably expect the school to be shut down simply because he had a bad experience. Other parents have the right to decide whether or not to send their kids to that school.

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  • noemail

    Apparently no gate, no fence, and one inattentive teacher. Thank God the child wasn’t hurt or worse!

    What would have prevented someone from abducting one of these children or worse, a drunk driver plowing into them!

    This daycare needs to realize how fortunate they are that tragedy didn’t strike. Kudos for firing the teacher, but what about a more permanent solution? You can’t just keep firing teachers and call it “protecting these children.”

    By the way, ‘Mr. Concerend Dude,’ learn to spell the word ‘concerned.’ Secondly, try doing a little fact checking of your own. Malone is a pretty common last name, and I doubt he’s the only Malone with a first name of Cedric. What does unnecessarily humiliating another commenter have to do with the problem of protecting these children?

    I reported your comment because it’s awful the way you tried to humiliate someone while you yourself hiding under an alias, hypocrite. What kind of embarassing stuff would we find about YOU under — had you bothered to post it?

    • Mr Concerned Dude

      FIRST OFF DALLAS GUY, I have no interest in the company, I am an investigator by trade. I researched Mr Malone’s DL #, matched his date of birth, I assure you it is the same individual. He resides in Bedford. There is only one 39 year old Cedric D Malone in Bedford

  • Mr Concerned Dude

    It is very obvious Mr Malone is preparing himself to sue, he should know no matter the source of any PUBLIC INFO available it will be discovered and his credibility questioned.

    This facility did everything as mandated by law and they should not be forced to closed while the state investigates. The issue was corrected when the employee was fired

  • Matteo nekcarcCm

    This man is ridiculous he kept his child in the same daycare for an extended time after this incident occurred. Pressure from the media and the scent of a law suit are apparent in this pathetic attempt to take advantage of this unfortunate situation. Don’t get me wrong the child should have never have gotten off the grounds but the school took appropriate action and the teacher/sitter was removed. My question is for the parent Mr. Malone: why would you continue to take your child to the same daycare after such a tragic event occurred? I question your parenting dear sir.

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