NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches child care facility is being closely monitored by the Department of Family and Protective Services after the agency uncovered several issues brought to light after a 5-year-old boy was left locked on a bus for at least two hours back in April.
Karmesha Brooks says she is working with her lawyer to file a civil lawsuit against Raguet Child Care and the employee who was responsible for the care of her son at the time he was left locked on the bus.
Brooks says her 5-year-old son, Kaden, is traumatized after he was left locked on a Raguet Child Care bus for two hours on April 18, 2013.
"He's scared," said Brooks. "Since that happened he has not slept in his bed one time since its happened. He just does not want to be alone and I can't blame him."
The day after the incident occurred the Department of Family and Protective Services conducted a thorough investigation of the facility and its employees and discovered several deficiencies.
The DFPS says that Raguet Child Care was negligent. The report says that childcare providers did not have the required transportation safety training, children were not being signed in and out of the facility properly and kids were not being counted as they got on and off the bus.
"To me there's no room for error on something like this because these are kids these are their lives," said Brooks. "So the fact that they weren't following procedure, completely unacceptable."
The director of Raguet Child Care did not wish to appear on camera but issued a statement saying the daycare has been in business for 30 years and has a long history of compliance with their licensing agency.
Brooks says an apology would go pretty far in her book.
"Had I done something like that and I truly, it was truly an accident I would be trying in an any way, shape, form or fashion to even contact that person and let them know I am sorry for what happened," said Brooks.
The employee responsible for Kaden's care when he was locked on the bus no longer works at Raguet Child Care. The facility has implemented new safety measures as suggested by the state and employees now have the proper training.
The Department of Family and Protective Services website says Raguet Child Care corrected all the deficiencies noted during the investigation as of May 9th.
The DFPS will continue to monitor the facility and make sure they are in compliance with their corrective action plan.