3 year old left behind at Port Saint Lucie park

Two employees let go, face charges

At Lyngate Park in Port St. Lucie, Bella Rosie is practicing her swing technique.

Her mom says the park is part of their daily routine. "We like to visit every single one.  Her favorite thing is the slide. Climbing."

But she and others were surprised to hear that on Sunday, a little boy about 3-years-old was left at the park alone.

A group from the Hibiscus Children's Center in Jensen Beach had come on a field trip. There were eight children and two adults.

When it came time to leave, only 7 kids were on board.

CEO Mike Waninger says their mission at Hibiscus is to care for abused, abandoned, and neglected children. "Unfortunately, it was human error by two experienced staff who had been with us for a number of years.

Waninger says the two employees, Felicia Bradley and Latrice Jean Louis, were let go.

They each face a felony count of child neglect.

In the arrest affidavit, Bradley stated she and Jean Louis actually dropped the children off at the park... and left to go to Walgreens.

"There is no valid excuse for any type of behavior like that and again I'm not aware of that happening at all," Waninger says.

According to the police report the women were shopping at Walgreens. 

 

While there may be a discrepancy between what Waninger says and what is in the arrest affidavit, the nearest Walgreens to Lyngate Park is about two miles down the road.

 

The arrest affidavit says the women came back to pick up the kids, leaving one behind.  Fortunately, a park employee spotted that boy.

The good news is the boy is just fine.

Waninger hopes it was a onetime incident. 

 

 

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