Mums horror as toddler escapes nursery and crosses road in less than a minute

A horrified mum was left in 'shock' after finding out her two-year-old son had escaped from nursery and crossed a busy road.

Shannan Lees, 24, from Denton, received the distressing call on September 16 after her son Harvey had been picked up by a concerned woman who spotted him walking down the street alone.

The kind stranger immediately stopped her car after spotting the youngster cross Tame Street and continue down Quebec Street and alerted the police.

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She then took Harvey to Sky High Achievers The Bungalow day nursery in Denton – where it turned out the little boy had escaped from, Manchester Evening News reports.

Shannon said her son 'could've ended up dead' had the passer-by not intervened and has since removed Harvey from the nursery which had been highly recommended by a friend.

Since the incident, the parent has found it difficult to find another place for her youngster elsewhere and says she will 'struggle to leave her son with anyone else' after the distressing ordeal.

In a response, the nursery said that from their investigations, it transpired the toddler had been 'missing for less than a minute' and are working with Ofsted and the local authorities as they continue looking into what happened.

The mum said: "I just want to make people aware of what happened. I just can't believe it. I got called after half four last Friday, telling me he had escaped from the nursery and had been found by someone.

"I was shouting down the phone, I was just in shock. I rushed down and the woman who stopped and ran after Harvey was also there waiting.

"My partner got CCTV from a neighbour and you can see Harvey following a man who crosses the road before him.

"Then he goes to cross the road himself and continues to walk along the pavement up Quebec Street, which leads to a busy main road.

"It is so scary to think what could've happened to him. He could've been hit by a car or could've ended up dead. I don't like to think about it.

"You trust the life of your child with responsible adults and now I worry about doing that again. I think I would struggle now to leave him with someone else again after this.

"I wouldn't want any other parent going through this as the outcome could be a lot worse. It is awful to think about it."

Ofsted has confirmed they have since been made aware of an incident and are awaiting further information from the relevant authorities so could not comment further.

The nursery has said the incident had 'never happened before' and that since the incident they have taken 'immediate measures to improve security' such as fitting CCTV cameras and new locks and cameras on gates.

A spokesperson from the nursery said: "This was an unfortunate incident, which has never happened before. Thankfully, on this occasion, the child came to no harm, and we believe from our investigation he was missing for less than a minute.

"We offer our sincere apologies to his family and have reached out to them to check on all of them as this has understandably caused them some concern.

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"We take the safety and security of all the children in our care extremely seriously and immediately contacted Ofsted and the local authority when this happened in line with our safeguarding protocols.

"We are continuing to work with both Ofsted and the local authority on our investigations.

"We have also taken immediate measures to improve security across the whole of the nursery which includes fitting CCTV coverage of the playground and internal rooms and fitting new locks and cameras on the gates.

"As part of the Ofsted investigation, we shall be reviewing our systems and protocols to ensure that our security is as good as it can be in future.”


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