Big Spring Day Care Being Investigated After Child Wanders Away

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - A Big Spring day care is being investigated after a child wandered away from their facility.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services confirms to NewsWest 9 that a child somehow slipped out of the Jack and Jill Day Care Center in Big Spring on Thursday afternoon.

Regional Spokeswoman for the department, Marleigh Meisner, tells NewsWest 9 an investigation into the daycare began on Friday.

Some NewsWest 9 viewers tipped us off letting us know a school aged child walked out of the Jack and Jill Day Care. That child allegedly walked down a semi-busy street and ended up at a gas station close to 18th and Gregg.

All of this information is unconfirmed at this time and most of it will not be known until the investigation is complete.

At this time, it's not known how long the child was missing.

There's also no word on who found the child or if their parents filed any kind of incident report.

NewsWest 9 did some digging on the web site It's run by the state and shows compliance history for all registered child care centers.

According to the web site, this isn't the first time Jack and Jill has been investigated.

In the past two years, they have had three violations including leaving a three-year-old in a van for about 10 minutes.

Less than a year later, officials found that an employee did not have a 24-month background check submitted.

NewsWest 9 first tried calling the daycare for a comment.

After that proved unsuccessful, we tried talking with the owner of Jack and Jill in person but we were told the owner was not there.

The department's spokeswoman said they'll be looking into compliance issues, specifically supervision at the day care, to determine how this child was able to wander away.

The investigation will take 30 days to complete.