COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – It is always tough for mothers to leave their children in the care of someone else.
Amber Kilgore says she felt that her 2-year-old son would be safe in the care of a church’s Mother’s Day Out day care.
“I [took] him to school, the last place I expected to see him was on the side of the road,” Kilgore said.
She and some friends spotted a toddler walking down a busy street while they were out to lunch in Cookeville.
“She’s like, ‘Where is that kid’s mama?’ I look over, the first thing I notice was his shoes, his shirt, then I realize it was my child and started screaming,” Kilgore said.
Fortunately, Jackson was not injured but a witness told WSMV that he almost was hit by a car.
Workers at the day care believe Jackson got through a pair of double doors, climbed down a set of stairs and went through another pair of doors. After that, he made his way through the parking lot and crossed onto the road.
“This could have ended in an entirely different way,” she said.
Now, officials have opened an investigation into the day care to see how the 2-year-old managed to get away unnoticed.
First Baptist says they are a ministry, so they do not have to be licensed through the state.
Church officials say they will increase their security measures after this incident.