A day care center in New York City has been shut down over an incident in which a little boy was left behind in a playground by its workers on Thursday.
The Quality of Life Academy is being investigated by police because 2-year-old Ethan Huachi was left alone in the early afternoon in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn around noon, and they failed to alert his parents for four and a half hours.
"He was being taken to the park with three teachers, and those three teachers didn't notice that he wasn't there until later. They said that they just miscounted the students," Diana Huachi, Ethan's mother, told the local ABC station.
The mother added, "A random lady found him sleeping on a bench."
The woman called the New York Police Department, and the local precinct posted a photo of Ethan, wearing a Superman T-shirt, on Twitter in the hope that someone would help to identify him.
— NYPD 72nd Precinct (@NYPD72Pct) September 17, 2015
After police questioned one of the three Quality of Life aides, it was unclear if any charges would be filed.
"What gets me so angry is that the day care did not call me until 4:30, and my son has been missing since 12," Huachi said.
She added: "Anything could have happened! I mean, anybody – a psycho – could have taken him somewhere and that would have been the last day for me to see him this morning, dropping him off."
Quality of Life Academy did not comment to WABC's reporter, who stopped into the day care's offices Thursday night while workers were calling parents to let them know they needed to make alternate plans.