5-year-old boy left locked in daycare van for 3 hours in Greensboro

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A mom says her 5-year-old son was left in a locked daycare van for three hours.

April Murphy’s son goes to The Academy of Spoiled Kids in Greensboro for after school care. On Wednesday Murphy was running late so she had a friend pick up her son from daycare.

“The friend got to the daycare and the daycare told him that my child was absent or had already been picked up for the day,” explains April Murphy, who says her son was left in a daycare van.

Murphy immediately called her son’s school and then the police. Shortly later Murphy got a call from a daycare worker saying they found her son.

“I asked her where was he and she hesitated and she said he fell asleep on the van ride earlier when he was picked up from school so he’s been on the van,” says Murphy.

Murphy says her son was left on the van for three hours until a daycare worker heard him pounding on the van windows.

“He was panicking. He was scared. He was just very distraught, that was just very terrifying for a child that young to go through something like that.”

The Greensboro Police did charge a van driver at The Academy of Spoiled Kids that day. Authorities wouldn’t provide other details because the case involves a juvenile. FOX8 tried to talk to The Academy of Spoiled Kids to get their side of the story. A worker told us they would have to talk to an attorney first and until then no comment.

Murphy’s son is fine but his mom trust is broken.

“My child was left behind. There was no excuse for what they did. It’s just not tolerable,” Murphy says. This mom says her son has questions that she can’t help him with.

“He wanted to know why he was forgotten about, why he was left on the van. You know, I really didn’t have a good answer for that,” says Murphy.

Murphy says her son has been enrolled in The Academy of Spoiled Kids since the summer and she’s never had a problem until this.

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