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Woman finds autistic son, 7, left alone at Warren day care

Published: Fri, May 4, 2012 @ 12:06 a.m.

Staff report


Brandi Norman says she was very upset when she arrived at her son’s day-care center at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday to discover her 7-year-old son alone in the locked-up center, apparently left there by accident while workers took other children on a short trip.

“When Brandi arrived, she discovered that the lights in the building were off, and the doors were locked,” a Warren police report says.

“She then observed her autistic son peeking out one of the windows. Brandi tried to direct her son to unlock the door, but she noticed that the deadbolt was locked,” the report said.

About 10 minutes later, after Norman tried to reach day care officials by phone, staff members arrived in a large van along with a number of children and let the boy out, police said.

Norman, 35, of Dickey Avenue Northwest, told police she felt it was very dangerous for her son to be left alone and didn’t know how long ago it had happened. The boy was uninjured, police said.

Norman said she believes the staff had gone on a trip to Perkins Park, not far away from the Elm Road day care.

Tots To Young Adults Daycare, 725 Elm Road NE, did not answer telephone calls from The Vindicator on Thursday afternoon seeking comment.


1bookgirl(29 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Shame on them.

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2danielsdad(28 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

My son, Daniel, is autistic and attended great schools in Youngstown (Potential Development and the Leonard Kirtz School). What happened to Ms. Norman's son would never happen at either of these schools. Ms. Norman needs to get her son to another facility. Most likely, her son was terrified and could have been a danger to himself. What happened to Ms. Norman's son is criminal. My heart goes out to Ms. Norman and her son.

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