8-month-old found in Ohio parking garage near downtown daycare

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – An 8-month-old boy was found Tuesday by a man using the parking garage on Fourth and Jefferson Streets above the My Father’s House Childcare and Learning Services Center in Dayton.

Dayton police tell 2 NEWS that the boy was unharmed and did not need emergency services. It is unclear where exactly the child was found in the parking garage.

The owner of My Father's House daycare spoke with 2 NEWS about this incident Tuesday. (WDTN Photo/Chris Smith)
The owner of My Father’s House daycare spoke with 2 NEWS about this incident Tuesday. (WDTN Photo/Chris Smith)

The child was reportedly dropped off for care at approximately 9 a.m. Tuesday by his mother and two staff members at the daycare center, officials with the Dayton Police Department said.

By way of miscommunication, staff members thought the child was brought in. No one had taken the child inside and he remained in the parking garage until he was found around 11:30 a.m., which is when the man heard several noises coming from the little boy, said Sgt. Aaron Fraley, with the Dayton Police Department.

The staffers involved have been employed by the center – one for three years and one for nine months – and will be re-trained because of the incident, said the daycare’s owner, Nicole Crawford to 2 NEWS’ Beairshelle Edmé.

The incident will also be docmented by official standards, she said.

No criminal charges will be filed as this appears to be a “freak accident,” Dayton police said. The toddler’s mother and child services have been called.

Crawford says her establishment has been in good standing for the last 10 years and has never experienced something like this.

“I’m praying God is control,” Crawford said. “I need to make sure I’m knowledgable (about what’s going on). This is my livelihood, my ministry.”

One staffer believed the other staffer had the child and vice versa, she said.

My Father’s House Childcare and Learning Services Center is licensed to hold 83 children, but on a typical day it holds about 60 children, Crawford tells 2 NEWS.

Currently there are 10 staff members at the center, most of which are full time, she said. The 10 staff members have a combined 38 years of experience.

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