Business owner saves child from locked day care van

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by Jeff McShan / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on August 2, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 2 at 11:05 AM

HOUSTON -- Don Truong said it was inside his office at Meyerland Motorcars that he kept hearing someone honking a horn Wednesday.

“I come back to my office and I know the sound, and I think that something could be wrong so I check again and I saw her in the van,” Truong said.

Truong was talking about a large white van parked right next door at Red Apple Private School and Child Care.

The person inside was a four year-old girl who had allegedly been left behind, forgotten about after a field trip to the downtown Aquarium.

“It upset me that she just wasn’t noticed that she was not in the school, but she was still in the van,” said her mother Sara Wicks.

At first Wicks said the day care told her that her daughter had only been in the van for two minutes before they came and got her, but on the way to the hospital to get checked out Wick’s daughter told her a different story.

“She basically told me that a man came and got her out of the car. She had been in there and had been screaming and crying and she couldn’t open the door so she blew the horn,” Wicks said.

Her daughter’s story apparently checked out.

“So I contacted the day care again this morning and asked again what happened, and they admitted to a man actually getting her out and not them,” Wicks said.

Truong said it was around 12:30 p.m. and it was hot and she was hot. He told KHOU 11 News he cried when he rescued her and held her tight.

“And I didn’t even know what to say -- I told him I was so thankful that he got her out. You know he is my hero,” Wicks said.

“It makes me feel good that I saved somebody,” Truong said.

Wicks reported the incident to HPD and the State of Texas. Both confirm they are investigating.

KHOU 11 News checked the state’s website to see if Red Apple Private School and Child Care had any previous incidences and what we found is below:

Two Year Compliance Summary

  • During the last two years, 2099 standards were evaluated for compliance at this operation.
  • Of the standards evaluated 33 deficiencies were cited.
  • Each standard is assigned a weight. The weight ensures all inspectors consider standard violations in the same way, and represents the potential impact a deficiency might have on children. Review the inspection reports to learn more about each citation. It's important to remember; weights are not assigned to an individual operation, inspection, or circumstance and are not intended to result in a ranking of operations or score.

The weights of the standard deficiencies cited in the past two years are as follows:

  • 9 were weighted as High
  • 17 were weighted as Medium - High
  • 6 were weighted as Medium
  • 1 was weighted as Medium - Low
  • 0 were weighted as Low

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