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It's a situation that could have turned out much differently. Parents in Monticello say their daughter was allowed to leave school with a stranger before that man then returned the child to school. Eva McKend has more.
MONTICELLO, N.Y. -- It's a parent's worst nightmare: A phone call no one is prepared to receive.
"They called me and said,' we have a problem. We made a mistake and we gave your child, the wrong Cailinn, to a babysitter that was here to pick up the other Cailinn,'" said Richard Lacenere.
The Laceneres say their daughter, four-year-old Cailinn, was taken by a stranger to a home in Loch Sheldrake. It was only when a neighbor told the man who picked up the wrong Cailinn his mistake that the child was returned. But how could this happen and why, when parents say their daughter told officials at the preschool Project Excel she wasn't supposed to leave with the man.
Erin Lacenere said, "They gave her away. Especially after she said, 'I don't know that man,' there should have been a red flag."
The Monticello Central School District says they own the building at 22 St. John Street in Monticello, but the preschool is run by Easter Seals.
"We do not have any oversight into the curriculum or to the hiring of the staff. There is really no oversight as far as what takes place,"s aid Daniel Teplesky, Monticello Central School District Superintendent.
In a statement, Easter Seals says, "We are taking this incident very seriously and are working closely with the police as well as New York Child Protective Services. We are reviewing our safety procedures and will continue to take the steps necessary to maintain the health, safety and welfare of our students."
The Laceneres say little Cailinn won't be returning to the school.
Erin Lacenere said, "She's not going to be going back. Not at all. We are going to be finding a different school all together."
Those parents say they will be pressing charges against Easter Seals and possibly even the man that took her.