Oklahoma father says daughter was locked inside daycare van for 20 minutes

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CHOCTAW, Okla. - An Oklahoma man says his 6-year-old daughter was left in a daycare van for over 20 minutes after he says employees forgot about her.

Josh, who didn't want his last name used, says his daughter was picked up from school by workers at 'Just Us Kids' daycare.

On the way to daycare, he says she fell asleep in the back of the van and was left behind.

"They didn't even know she was missing," Josh said.

When she woke up, he says she tried to get out, but couldn't because of child locks.

"She told me that she was screaming and crying for someone to come and help her," Josh said.

When help didn't arrive, Josh says his daughter crawled to the front of the van and was able to open a door that didn't have child-proof locks.

From there, he says she made her way to the parking lot and the front door of the daycare.

Once at the front door, Josh says a parent let her inside the center.

"Luckily, she was able to do that or it could have been a lot worse," Josh said.

'Just Us Kids' daycare declined to talk about the incident.

Just thinking about his daughter spending those moments alone in the van was enough for Josh to take action.

"It really just makes me feel scared. My child has been removed from that daycare, but other children still go there and that kind of negligence is unacceptable," he said.

Despite no longer being at the daycare, Josh says his daughter is still scared.

"She was terrified. When she got home, she was telling us that she promises that she won't fall asleep on the van again," Josh said.

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