A parent’s worst nightmare is discovering the trusted person you leave your child to every day while you go to work is mistreating them. For Phenix City, Alabama, mom Sydney Zimmerman this nightmare became a reality.
Zimmerman picked up 22-month-old son Slade from daycare earlier than her usual pickup time. To her horror, Slade was trapped in a closet without any air conditioning, strapped to a car seat that was not even his. Zimmerman says the baby just looked at her and pleaded saying, “Mama.”
With tears rolling down her face the young mother told WTVM that after she rescued her son she left and called the police.”He could have overheated and died,” said Zimmerman.
Before officers arrived, daycare owner Cindy Duman called Zimmerman to let her know that the daycare worker, Mary Pruett, put Slade in the closet because he didn’t want to go to sleep. Heartbroken, Zimmerman said that she fears that this is not the first time it has happened.
After police launched an investigation, to Zimmerman’s surprise, the daycare was operating without a license.
Zimmerman is planning to press charges for child endangerment, child neglect, and operating a business without a license.
Lee County Sheriffs Office will release more information on the incident Monday.
“I don’t wish this on anyone,” said Zimmerman.
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