Police Use Flashlights To Find Baby Left Alone In Daycare

Cornelius Jones left his daughter, Journee, at the All Things Are Possible For Kids daycare center at Chicago and Pulaski Avenue, thinking there would be no harm in leaving his 1-year-old baby in the hands of trained professionals.

Imagine his shock when he came back to pick up his baby girl, only to find the daycare closed, the audible cries of his wailing toddler echoing in the darkness.

Jones had been ringing the doorbell to the daycare facility several times but received no response, prompting him to phone the center instead, but to no avail.

All Things Are Possible For Kids daycare

“I was ringing the bell and no one came to the door, so I called the number and no one answered the phone,” Jones told FOX 32, “so I kicked the door like two times, then I heard my baby screaming in the background.”

Jones then decided to call 911, as well as inform his girlfriend and baby mother, Quanesha Borum. Once the fire department arrived, they were induced to break the front door — which workers were repairing by Monday — open. The sight that greeted them gripped Jones in terror.

Journee had been left completely alone in the dark.

“I was wondering where is she, where is she. I hear her, but I couldn’t see her,” said Jones. “And one of the police officers flashed a light to the left and flashed it back to the right and that’s when I saw her crawling towards us screaming and my heart just dropped.”

“I was terrified and also hurt because I knew she was in there in the dark and I couldn’t get to her,” he added.

Of the incident, Borum said, “I was just trying to get over here as fast as I can because that’s the worst thing that ever could happen, but I didn’t want to happen.”

Quanesha Borum

Quanesha Borum

The parents now want the All Things Are Possible For Kids Daycare shut down, especially after learning that this kind of incident was not the first time for the facility.

“I was glad that she was okay, but I was like real mad,” Jones said. “I was mad because how could you leave a baby in a daycare, how could a child go unaccounted for.”

1-year-old Journee

1-year-old Journee

Tommie Butler, the daycare’s director, refused to release a statement to the media. However, she did speak to Borum and offered an explanation as to what had happened.

Tommie Butler

Tommie Butler, director of All Things Are Possible For Kids, shielding her face from cameras.

Workers at the daycare had allegedly mistaken Journee for a doll. Borum said Butler claimed “the lady that was in charge of Journee put her to sleep and once everybody got ready to leave, she told her that everybody was gone.”

“But my thing is, I come here and I sign her in and out, and so why wasn’t the list checked before everybody left?”

Butler told FOX 32 she was not sure who the last person at the daycare was as she left about 15 minutes before Jones arrived.

Cornelius Jones with daughter, Journee

Cornelius Jones with daughter, Journee

Jones added, “If anything it should be shut down, I mean nobody leaves kids behind, toddlers. I don’t care how old they are. That’s dangerous.”

Screen grabs from FOX 32.

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