Child dropped off bus at closed childcare center

August 16, 2012 6:23:57 PM PDT
A Wake Forest child was dropped off by the bus at the Boys and Girls Club after school, while the center was closed for the week.

The child then walked more than a mile before he was able to find help.

"My kid was walking down Main Street at 7 years old," mother Vicki Robin said.

Vicki said her son Ricky was dropped at the empty childcare center along with a small girl on Monday afternoon. Vicki said the bus driver never waited for the children to enter the building, leaving the two alone.

The pair walked more than a mile before someone alerted police and they were safely located.

"Me and the other girl decided what to do, and we decided to go to my friend's house," Ricky said.

While Ricky and the other girl were walking, Ricky's older sister Rayne was on her way home on her own bus. She said she spotted him walking, but her bus driver wouldn't stop to help.

"I didn't know if he would get taken or something," Rayne said.

The Wake County Public School System said in a statement to ABC11:

"The safety and security of our students is always a top priority. Unfortunately due to a communication error in this situation the driver was not made aware that the Boys and Girls Club was closed. The WCPSS transportation department is looking into this matter and taking steps to ensure something like this does not happen again in the future."

It is unclear if the Boys and Girls Club notified schools of the closure. Because the facility is still closed, ABC11 was unable to reach administrators.

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