Bogus Daycare Drivers Try To Take Children

A chilling experience for a heartland mother Thursday morning.

Amber Hughes just put her two children on a van from Simple Simon's Daycare.

The daycare picks up her children every morning.

Hughes was heading to work when an identical van pulled up.

Two men inside asked if her children were ready to go to school.

"I asked them what day care they were working for, driving for, and they took off," Hughes said.

The daycare van picks up Amber's children and about fifty others each day.

These unmarked 15 seat passenger vans are quite common and a perfect match for the van the two men were driving.

But Amber noticed a big difference.
"There were no kids...no car seats...which was awkward to me because what day care van doesn't have car seats or at least a couple," she said.

Amber called Simple Simon's Manager Charmagne Varra. Varra said the daycare's seven drivers are well known to parents.

"We arrange them a driver and they have that same driver and if they don't...that driver's not working that day or something comes up then we call the parent and let them know they have another driver coming," Varra said.

Simple Simon's van drivers will even call parents directly if they are not working that day.

"We never just send somebody over there," Varra said.

The daycare’s policy on transporting children calls for a parent being present at the curb as their children and picked up and dropped off by van drivers.

Those policies are comforting to parents like Amber Hughes.

But everyone should be disturbed by her experience Thursday morning.

"It makes me nervous...I mean any parent out there should walk their kid to the van and make sure that they're getting on the right van, Hughes said. “It's nervous...it's scary."

Amber was so shaken she was unable to get a license number off the van.

She called police and gave them what information she had.

Parents who have daycares pick-up their children should always know the driver and check with the daycare if they notice anything suspicious.


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