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kepp
07-25-2008, 10:54 AM
LINK (http://www.wfaa.com/sharedcontent/dws/wfaa/latestnews/stories/wfaa080724_mo_escape.8a4682a4.html)

DENTON Investigators are looking into how a young boy managed to slip out of a Denton day care center unnoticed, then cross two busy roads and end up a half-mile away at a Hooters restaurant on Tuesday afternoon.

The five-year-old boy walked out of the Imagination Station child care center in the 2300 block of San Jacinto Boulevard near Golden Triangle Mall.

He then crossed busy Dallas Drive to go to a RaceTrac gas station to purchase a soft drink and snacks.

After leaving the station, he ended up in the Hooters parking lot about a half-mile away.

The restaurant's general manager Brian Mason and his employees spotted the child shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday.

"I was pretty impressed that he made it that way without getting hurt," Mason said. "He let us know that he looked both ways before crossing the road, stopped in the middle and then crossed again."

With no chaperone for the boy in sight, Mason called police.

"We kept him in the back coloring and kept him pretty occupied until the police showed up," he said.

Deborah Pugh, the day care owner, said the boy had asked to go to the bathroom before he disappeared. When his father arrived minutes later to pick up the child, workers said they realized the boy was missing.

Pugh said she believes he got out through a fire exit, which, by law, must remain unlocked.

"We are looking into the timeline," said Denton police spokesman Jim Bryan, "but I think the greater concern is the distance that this child went and the timeframe that he was not in the day care."

Despite what happened, some parents told News 8 they still trust the Imagination Station.

"She [Pugh] is a caring woman and I like how she takes the children," said Grace Shotayo, one of the parents. "She really cares for them."

Imagination Station is subject to state inspection every three to five months. According to records, the day care has been cited for at least eight violations since 2006. Two of the citations were for improper supervision; the most recent one was issued in April.

Pugh said this is the first time a child has disappeared while in her care since she opened Imagination Station 13 years ago. She said she plans to install an alarm at the emergency exit, and is now escorting all children to the bathroom.

The five-year-old has not been back to the day care since the incident.

State child care licensing workers and police investigators are looking into the case to determine whether they will take action against the center and its owner.

SNR
07-25-2008, 10:56 AM
The little guy gets what the little guy wants

Demonpenz
07-25-2008, 10:59 AM
stupid kid. BW3 has better wings

RJ
07-25-2008, 11:03 AM
So the geniuses at the gas station sell him a drink and a snack and watch him go on his way. Brilliant, just freaking brilliant.

Adept Havelock
07-25-2008, 11:04 AM
Daddy? Can I go to the other daycare instead? The one where they gave me Chicken Wings?

Stewie
07-25-2008, 11:07 AM
A 5-year old kid has money to buy snacks and drinks? I bet he went to Hooters looking for a wet nurse.

Goapics1
07-25-2008, 11:07 AM
Daddy? Can I go to the other daycare instead? The one where they gave me Chicken Wings?

LMAO

Phobia
07-25-2008, 11:20 AM
So the geniuses at the gas station sell him a drink and a snack and watch him go on his way. Brilliant, just freaking brilliant.

Those places are busy. I'll bet they thought a parent was pumping gas or something.

Skip Towne
07-25-2008, 11:28 AM
Kid missed a hell of an opportunity to get breast fed.

eazyb81
07-25-2008, 11:31 AM
Despite what happened, some parents told News 8 they still trust the Imagination Station.

"She [Pugh] is a caring woman and I like how she takes the children," said Grace Shotayo, one of the parents. "She really cares for them."


a.k.a. she's the cheapest I can find.

RJ
07-25-2008, 11:52 AM
Those places are busy. I'll bet they thought a parent was pumping gas or something.



Maybe. To their credit, at least they didn't sell him beer and cigarettes.

FAX
07-25-2008, 11:54 AM
Just a rambler.

FAX

Groves
07-25-2008, 12:22 PM
Am I in the minority if I think that the kid is the one at fault? (unless he was escaping abuse or something, which is a whole nuther story)

RJ
07-25-2008, 12:23 PM
Well, he's 5.

Rausch
07-25-2008, 12:23 PM
Just a rambler.

FAX

$50 long term bet - he's in porn by the time he's 25...

FAX
07-25-2008, 12:29 PM
$50 long term bet - he's in porn by the time he's 25...

You're on, Mr. Rausch. I think it's either international playboy on a budget or CIA operative.

FAX

Braincase
07-25-2008, 12:31 PM
Kid:"Imagination Station my ass. I can sit here and think about boobies all day, or I can embrace REALITY!"

Groves
07-25-2008, 12:34 PM
Well, he's 5.
My point exactly. What they been doin the last 5 years? Could be almost 6?

I don't know this kid, so of course it would be foolish for me to judge him or his parents or the daycare. I'm making a general point that if you're not requiring some basic obedience out of a child by age 5 (like, "please do not cross two busy roads, buy some snacks at a gas station, and go to a hooters parking lot .5 mile away.") then there might be a problem.

This specific incident, of course, I couldn't comment on.

How does that one guy put it? The p***ification of America continues.

Rausch
07-25-2008, 12:43 PM
You're on, Mr. Rausch. I think it's either international playboy on a budget or CIA operative.

FAX

If he lands a gameshow all bets are off...

FAX
07-25-2008, 12:43 PM
I think this little fella demonstrated a high level of individualism, self-reliance, and independent motivation. Clearly, he is unafraid to break away from the madding crowd to make his own way. How many guys would like to just walk away from work one day, buy a soda, and spend the afternoon coloring pictures in the back room with a dozen Hooters girls? Most little guys want to grow up to become astronauts or firemen or bulletin board admins. This kid may well wind up being the UN Secretary-General.

FAX

eazyb81
07-25-2008, 12:46 PM
My point exactly. What they been doin the last 5 years? Could be almost 6?

I don't know this kid, so of course it would be foolish for me to judge him or his parents or the daycare. I'm making a general point that if you're not requiring some basic obedience out of a child by age 5 (like, "please do not cross two busy roads, buy some snacks at a gas station, and go to a hooters parking lot .5 mile away.") then there might be a problem.

This specific incident, of course, I couldn't comment on.

How does that one guy put it? The p***ification of America continues.

If the kid was old enough to take care of himself, the parents wouldn't be shelling out cash to this daycare every week to watch him.

Deberg_1990
07-25-2008, 01:23 PM
My point exactly. What they been doin the last 5 years? Could be almost 6?

I'm making a general point that if you're not requiring some basic obedience out of a child by age 5 (like, "please do not cross two busy roads, buy some snacks at a gas station, and go to a hooters parking lot .5 mile away.") then there might be a problem.




I would have to somewhat agree. But we all know kids at that age are extremely unpredictable at times.

CoMoChief
07-25-2008, 01:23 PM
stupid kid. BW3 has better wings

you mean BW2
Buffalo Wild Wings

RJ
07-25-2008, 01:37 PM
My point exactly. What they been doin the last 5 years? Could be almost 6?

I don't know this kid, so of course it would be foolish for me to judge him or his parents or the daycare. I'm making a general point that if you're not requiring some basic obedience out of a child by age 5 (like, "please do not cross two busy roads, buy some snacks at a gas station, and go to a hooters parking lot .5 mile away.") then there might be a problem.

This specific incident, of course, I couldn't comment on.

How does that one guy put it? The p***ification of America continues.




Certainly a time out is in order but at the same time I don't think you can really "blame" a 5 year old for wandering off. At that age they're not real big on reasoning out their actions, it's more like "hey, this looks like fun". Kids wander off from day cares all the time, that's why they're locked and fenced and have lots of adults on duty. It's not just for keeping people out.

Seems like every time I read about one of these incidents it's a little boy. I guess they're just braver or more adventurous or maybe just not as smart. I know my 5 y/o daughter would never do that. For one thing she'd be afraid to and for another she's too much of a stickler for the rules.

Groves
07-25-2008, 01:50 PM
Certainly a time out is in order but at the same time I don't think you can really "blame" a 5 year old for wandering off.

You guys have very good points.

It's admirable in many aspects, of course, and we *do* want to train our children in creativity, initiative, problem solving, and all of that. Those aren't the parts of his little trip that we have issue with, is it? Not at all. Bravery should be championed, as should the intelligence and wit that the kid showed.

Especially with kids, there's lots of situations where "good skills" and "good intentions" are co-existing with "disobedience" and "bad judgement".

We shouldn't be afraid to herald the former without neglecting to discipline the latter.

It's not a mixed message to the kids, they understand quite well.

RJ
07-25-2008, 01:54 PM
All very true. When you find your 2 year old standing on the kitchen counter looking for a cookie you scold him for doing something so dangerous but then you recount the story to a friend because you're so impressed with his strength, coordination and resourcefulness.

Valiant
07-25-2008, 04:22 PM
stupid kid. BW3 has better wings

I have eaten there four times now.. garlic, hot, next level up form hot and some sweet sauce.. And all four times it has sucked..

This is the one in liberty..

Joie
07-25-2008, 04:30 PM
Pugh said this is the first time a child has disappeared while in her care since she opened Imagination Station 13 years ago. She said she plans to install an alarm at the emergency exit, and is now escorting all children to the bathroom.

So, um, who's watching all the other potential escapees while she's taking bathroom trips?