Mom says daycare director put son in closet for hours

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MIDWEST CITY, Okla. — An Oklahoma mom is furious after she said her son’s daycare left him in a closet for more than five hours. 

Talina Frost said when her dad went to pick up his grandsons at the La Petite Academy at 1505 S. Post Rd. in Midwest City, he couldnt’ find 7-year-old Christian.

“The kids in the classroom said Christian was in the office and I went back into the office and didn’t see him, so he went into the closet that’s in the office and Christian was in there asleep,” Frost said.

Frost’s dad told her the daycare director said Christian had been in there since 10:30 a.m. and he was picking him up at 4 p.m.

“I didn’t know what to think. I was lost for words. I was mad and angry and upset,” Frost said.

Christian said he was being punished by going to the closet and that he even missed a field trip because of it. 

“I got in trouble and I went in the office and Ms. Hawkins put me in the closet and she made me take a nap,” he said. 

Christian said he didn’t eat or drink anything all day. 

He said he did nothing but sleep. 

“I was thinking that someone would come and get me and wake up,” Christian said.

Department of Human Services officials are now investigating the incident. 

“We take these allegations very seriously, so our licensing workers are out there on the scene, investigating and finding out exactly what happened,” DHS spokesperson Mark Beutler said. 

Beutler said this particular La Petite has no record of complaints, just a minor issue of staff-to-child ratio back in 2010.

Frost said despite that good record, she will now be sending her boys to a different daycare. 

“That’s not right. They’re not animals. You don’t put them in a closet. They’re children,” Frost said.

Lydia Cisaruk, Director of Corporate Communications at La Petite Academy sent us this statement:  

“The health and safety of our children is our top concern. If a child is tired, we’ll give him the opportunity to rest. The child in this instance was napping, supervised, in a room by the director’s office. We’ll review the circumstances to determine whether our policies were followed and will work with the regulatory agency as appropriate.” 

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