KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A Kansas City daycare is being investigated after a three-year-old girl was left behind at a Kansas City movie theatre on Tuesday. A woman claiming to be the owner of the daycare said it was "a mistake."
Police said Back to Basics Learning Center in Kansas City, Kan., took 15 children to Cinemark Theater on Tuesday but left with only 14. According to police, the daycare had between two and four adults with them. After the movie ended, the child care workers took a head count before taking the children to the restroom. The group then boarded the daycare van and returned its facility.
Theatre-goers found three-year-old Brielle in the restroom and notified Cinemark management. Brielle could only tell employees her first name. One child care expert said it's a mistake that can happen to even the best day care centers.
"We count heads all the time," said Linda Dobbs. "So we are visually making contact, so if we are gone for a period of two hours, we count heads and children four times within two hours. Every half hour we would be making sure we had all of our children."
Police said parents can help avoid situations like this by teaching young children their full name and phone number as soon as they can remember it.