Mother Leaves Work to Find Her Son’s Daycare Locked and Empty. Then She Hears Crying From Inside.


When Sharonda Ross arrived at Joann’s Day Care on Monday afternoon to pick up her 10-month-old son Jordan, the parking lot was empty and the doors were locked.

At first she thought her husband may have already picked him up, but when she found out otherwise and heard crying coming from inside the building, the panic began to set in.

As Ross told KTRK:

“We start breaking the glass [window] out. [My husband] goes in and…comes [back] and there’s my baby — just left. Nobody’s here, no cars, no nothing.”

The couple captured the harrowing and emotional incident on their phone:

Though Ross arrived at the the daycare center 45 minutes after the 6 p.m. closing time, the mother told ABC that she has had an understanding with the center since April that she will come to pick up Jordan after her shift ends at 6.

The owner of the center, Joann David, said the following to KTRK:

“First, I’m deeply, terribly sorry. I thank God he was ok…It was our mistake. I’m not saying it’s not…but the main thing is the baby’s ok, and I’m sorry as I can be.”

Davis said she will not fire the employee who accidentally left the baby alone. Ross, on the other hand, says she has filed a report with the county sheriff’s office, which is investigating the claim of child abandonment.