On the heels of an incident where a child was taken by a stranger from the Monticello preschool Project Excel, another outraged parent says she was handed the wrong child when she went to pick up her daughter. YNN's Eva McKend reports.
MONTICELLO, N.Y. - "I signed out my daughter and the receptionist said that she would go get her. She went upstairs and brought down a different child by the same name as my daughter and tried to give her to me," said Holli Schoonmaker.
Just two days after a little girl named Cailinn was taken from her preschool, Monticello's Project Excel, to Loch Sheldrake by a complete stranger in what appeared to be an accident, Schoonmaker says a receptionist almost let her walk away with someone else's child.
"I was aware of what had happened a couple of days ago and I couldn't believe that it would happen again so soon and that it actually happened to us," said Schoonmaker.
The Monticello Central School District owns the building on 22 St. John Street, but the preschool is run with its own staff by Easter Seals New York, a program that serves all children and even specializes in catering to children with disabilities.
The education Schoonmaker's daughter, Ryleigh, receives is not in question, but she says the security is a problem.
"The school is a great program. The teachers are wonderful, but the security is not what it should be to keep my daughter and all of the other children safe," said Schoonmaker.
The receptionist in question was suspended pending further investigation.
The school told us it's important to keep in mind this was a different incident from Tuesday and that the wrong Ryleigh wouldn't and did not leave the building because of the new security measures they have implemented.
"My daughter really loves the program. She loves her teachers and she's learning so much. She loves the kids that are in her class," said Schoonmaker.
Shoonmaker and her daughter have created a password only known to family so that if anyone Ryleigh doesn't recognize tries to pick her up, the four-year-old can just say the word.