Every parents' worst nightmare was a reality for one
West Salem mother.
When she went to pick up her daughter from daycare.
hours after the first day of school ended.
she learned her daughter never made it there.
News 8's Sarah Thamer is
here to explain what happened...Sarah?
Red Balloon Daycare Center in West Salem was supposed
to pick up six-year-old olivia Murphy around 3 o'clock
yesterday after the first day of school.
But when the school day was over...olivia waited and
waited at the school...and no one from Red Balloon
That's when an exciting first day of school...was
turned into a horrific few hours for one mother and
School was over at , when I arrived at the daycare
it was , that's over two hours and some odd minutes
that my daugter was unaccounted for.
Jamie says they were the worst two hours of her life.
All the evil things that you could think, run through
your head , it's been two hours do you know how much
can happen in two hours? someone could have picked
her up someone could be a state away by now, am I
gonna see my daugher again? am I gonna find my daughter
When Red Balloon daycare center never showed up to
pick up Jamie's daughter after school, her daughter
did the only thing a six-year-old could do at the
When the boys and girls club came, she simply followed
them because she did'nt know what else to do.
And thats wen thboys and girl club noticed an unfamiliar
young face, and after learning about where olivia
was supposed to be, they decided to drive her to the
When i initially went up to the car and pulled her
out, I was so happy to see her that I sat down in
the middle of the street and just cried.
Now that jamie is reunited with her daughter, she
Why did you not go out and look for my daughte if
you knew she had to be picked up? and they couldnt
and why was I never called? I never recieved a phonecall,
at all about my daughter not being at daycare.
West Salem School District officials say parents and
care providers typically coordinate details to make
sure their children know who to look for when they
are getting picked up from school.
What service are you gonna be providing to get us
home, and or am I going to do that? I mean that's
a conversation the two them should have.
And Jamie says that was the exact conversation she
had with the daycare center.
My daughter was supposed to have been picked up by
their shuttle van, which I had signed paperwork for
two days earlier with one of their staff, and given
it back to them, she was supposed to be picked up
and taken back to the daycare and she wasn't there.
We spoke to Red Balloon Daycare Center and they declined
They said they could not comment at this time due
to confidentiality of the family and staff.
We also spoke to the la crosse county sheriffs department
and they confirmed they responded to the call.
Jamie Murphy is now looking to pursue legal action.