Received Saturday, October 10, 2009
Location: Alexandria, VA Samuel Christian Education Center 400 blk of N Patrick St.
Nanny: Young woman in a floral shirt and white sweater. Dark hair.
Children: Two little children - one boy, one girl. Both 2 or 3 years old. The little girl had light brown hair, white shirt, red pants. The little boy had on a light blue fleece, khakis, gray & red tennis shoes.
The little girl was playing by herself nearest the sidewalk in the rocks and also just watching people and cars go by. She stayed there for 10-15 minutes by herself and looked lonely.
Eventually she ran back to the playground equipment and swapped places with the little boy. The little boy was crying and rattling the fence as he watched the cars whiz by on Rt 1. I walked past and could've touched him. He stood there crying for 5-10 minutes while the rest of the children played back near the playground equipment. I think there's no problem with a child crying (they do it all the time) but the childcare attendants were not in my sight- much further back by the playground equipment. There were probably 20-30 kids in the yard and 2 adults.
Eventually, the attendant picked him up after all of the other children seemed to have gone inside.
It seems that maybe they should close the front section of the playground closest to the street. The gates were locked, but it still seemed if I were determined I could snatch the little children and noone would see. I definitely could've talked to the children for a long time before anyone noticed me. Or it didn't seem like it would take too much for the little one to either get out of the fence or climb it and find himself on Rt 1 at rush hour. I felt compelled to keep an eye on the kids from the sidewalk; I was concerned and curious about when the attendants would spot them or comfort them.
Cute kids, hard-working attendants, but they need to have more adults in the yard with children that little and close the part near the sidewalk.
A lot can happen in 15 minutes when noone is watching!