INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 9, 2015)-- A south side couple is demanding changes to YMCA policies and procedures after they thought they'd lost their child forever.
Anthony and Clarisa Turner said their four-year-old son Aison was dropped off at the Baxter YMCA child care area while Anthony went to work out for an hour.
He said he signed Aison in, but when he came back staff couldn't find his son.
"I went to go pick him up. I said his name. I said I was coming to pick up Aison. And they looked around. They said his name a few times. By then I was freaking out and they lady at the front desk told me he had already left," he explained. "I signed him in and I did not sign him out so how could he have already left? And the lady`s explanation was, 'Well kids get picked up all the time without being signed out.'"
Turner said Aison is autistic and inquisitive, so he feared the worst.
"Anyone could've taken him from in there or he could’ve wandered off," he said.
The boy was eventually found in a room by himself. Turner said all the other kids had been moved into another room, but Aison was left behind.
The "Y" did apologize, said Turner, but have never gotten back with him about how they will make sure this doesn't happen again. He wants to see changes in policies and procedures or better training for daycare employees.
"For them to tell me that kids get picked up all the time without being signed out, there’s definitely something wrong there," said Turner. "I'd like to see someone take some accountability. I definitely want to see some type of process or procedures are put in place so this doesn’t happen to any other parents.”
FOX59 reached out to the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis and found out the employee responsible has been disciplined.
John Schwentker, Executive Director of the Baxter YMCA sent us this statement:
"On September 19th a young boy participating in our Child Watch was left unattended within our facility for a short period of time. We greatly regret that this occurred. We have procedures in place to prevent something like this from happening, but unfortunately these procedures were not followed fully on this instance. The staff member responsible for supervising the boy was disciplined.
At the YMCA the safety and well-being of children in our care is a top priority. After an internal review of this incident, we made changes that are designed to strengthen our supervisory procedures. We have been in contact with the boy's family to keep them up to date on our review and the resulting changes in procedure.
The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis has served our community with distinction and pride as an organization focused on youth development. We are committed to helping children grow up happy, healthy and strong."