Young Boy Slips Out of Daycare, Ends Up at Hooters!

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A young boy in Texas, manages to slip out of his daycare, walks to the store and ends up at a local Hooters.

Police are investigating how a young boy managed to sneak away from a Denton, Texas daycare unnoticed, crossed two busy roads, and ended up a half-mile away at a Hooters restaurant.

The five-year-old boy walked away from the Imagination Station child care business, near Golden Triangle Mall in Denton, Texas.

The young boy crossed busy Dallas Drive and went to a RaceTrac gas station to buy a soft drink and snacks, walking in 100 degree heat!

He left the gas station and wound up at a Hooters restaurant, a half-mile away.

The Hooters restaurant’s general manager Brian Mason and his employees spotted the child shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday.

“I was pretty impressed that he made it that way without getting hurt,” Mason said. “He let us know that he looked both ways before crossing the road, stopped in the middle and then crossed again.”

With no chaperone for the boy in sight, Mason called police.

“We kept him in the back coloring and kept him pretty occupied until the police showed up,” he said.

Deborah Pugh, the day care owner, said the boy had asked to go to the bathroom before he disappeared. When his father arrived minutes later to pick up the child, workers said they realized the boy was missing.

Pugh said she believes he got out through a fire exit, which, by law, must remain unlocked.

“We are looking into the timeline,” said Denton police spokesman Jim Bryan, “but I think the greater concern is the distance that this child went and the timeframe that he was not in the day care.”

Despite what happened, some parents told News 8 they still trust the Imagination Station.

“She [Pugh] is a caring woman and I like how she takes the children,” said Grace Shotayo, one of the parents. “She really cares for them.”

Imagination Station is subject to state inspection every three to five months. According to records, the day care has been cited for at least eight violations since 2006. Two of the citations were for improper supervision; the most recent one was issued in April.

Pugh said this is the first time a child has disappeared while in her care since she opened Imagination Station 13 years ago. She said she plans to install an alarm at the emergency exit, and is now escorting all children to the bathroom.

The five-year-old has not been back to the day care since the incident.

State child care licensing workers and police investigators are looking into the case to determine whether they will take action against the center and its owner.

Crazy huh? Even a five year old boy knows he likes Hooters!

Images: WENN

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