NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The right of refusal has one East Texas mom demanding answers from a daycare owner.
Rosa Morales and her three-year-old son, Moses, are dealing with unforeseen circumstances caused by the actions of others.
The ripple effect for Morales began when her son's father, 26-year-old Moses Nito, was arrested on Friday after Lufkin Police said he was busting windows out of church property while he was naked.
Morales was embarassed, but still reminded her child's daycare of a court-ordered mandate.
"Should he come by my son was not to be released to him and I have papers showing I'm the custodial parent," Morales said. "So we just wanted the daycare to be aware of that."
On Monday, little Moses went to the same daycare he had been going to since he was seven weeks old. That afternoon his mother, an SFA student taking a full load and working, got a phone call from the daycare's owner.
"She just said to think in the best interest of the other children and so today will have to be his last day," Morales said.
And the daycare was completely within its rights.
"Yes, licensed childcare facilities can certainly say who can and who cannot be in their program," said Lisa King, the Nacogdoches County Child Welfare board president.
But not many daycares kick out innocent children because of a court order.
"Is that always in the best interest of the child to have to move them? I don't think it is," King said.
Morales keeps an open mind.
"I mean, I understand if she didn't want to have to deal with it," Morales said. "Personally, I think that she has neglected her responsibility."
Morales has found a new day care for her son. If she had to do it all over again, she would still be forthright as it concerns the safety of the most precious person in her life.
The daycare operator who denied services didn't want to comment, saying it could affect the confidentiality of her other clients.
Nito remains in jail.