A Frayser Daycare That A Child Was Kidnapped From Has Closed Its Doors Permanently

MEMPHIS, TENN (localmemphis.com) - Update March 27, 2017: According to the Tennessee Department of Human Services, Elite Academy in Frayser has closed voluntarily.  This is the daycare where a 7-month-old child was taken from last week.

The Tennesse Department of Human Services is investigating a Frayser daycare after one of its employees allowed a stranger to check out a seven-month-old baby.

Memphis Police say Mya Lakes picked up A-Laeh Fentress from the Elite Academy Thursday afternoon and used the baby's mother name to sign her out.

 

Lakes is in jail with no bond, facing aggravated kidnapping and child endangerment charges. Elite Academy, Inc was closed Friday and there is a sign on the door saying it will reopen Monday.

Jasmine Fentress spoke with Local 24 Friday. She said when she went to pick up her baby Thursday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. an employee says another woman picked her up. It was later revealed Lakes signed Fentress' name.

According to DHS, children must be signed in and out of the daycare by a parent or another person specifically authorized by the parent. Fentress says the daycare owner's daughter, who is also an employee, tried to give her another baby that was not her daughter.

Lakes dropped off the baby at the doorstep of an apartment on Trisha Drive around 7:00 p.m. Thursday.

"I mean she didn't have any clothes so I really wasn't sure and they didn't want to give me anything definite but when they sent the pictures they were like this is this baby, and I was so overjoyed. I immediately just lifted my hands, and I thank God because I was like you know it could of should of would of been something completely different," said Fentress.

Local 24 reporter, Annette Peagler made several calls to Elite Academy. The phone number listed on its website and door is now disconnected. The daycare received its licensing October of 2015. Local 24 News found the daycare had no violations in its compliance history dating back to March of 2016.

Fentress says the owner of the daycare call her and personally apologized for the mistake. Fentress wants a full investigation into what happened. 


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