Baby left in West Memphis daycare

Baby left in West Memphis daycare

Pair facing endangerment charges after going home for the day with child still in the building

ralphhardin@gmail.com AWest Memphis daycare facility is closed today and a West Memphis couple are facing charges after an 8month-old child was left alone after hours at the daycare.

Alice McClure, 61, and Ronald McClure, 63, both of West Memphis, are each charged with one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a minor that recklessly risks serious physical or mental harm.

The McClures, who are the owners of Primary Learning Academy, located at 109 S. 16th St., were arrested Thursday evening for leaving the baby boy alone in the building after closing.

According to police reports, the child’s parents dropped him off at 7:20 a.m. Thursday morning at Primary Learning. When they returned around 4:15 p.m. that afternoon, they found the building closed and locked with the lights out. They called police to help get inside.

By the time police arrived and entered the facility, the air conditioning was shut off and the temperature was already at 80 degrees.

The baby was found alone in the building, where he had been for approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

West Memphis Police De- partment Enforcement/Criminal Investigation

Division Commander

Capt. Joe Baker said the owners admitted the lack of protocols in their daily operations that would have prevented such an incident. The case is also being investigated by Arkansas DHS. Indications are that Primary Learning Academy will remain closed until the investigation is complete.

By Ralph Hardin

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