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9 November 2018, 12:38 | Updated: 9 November 2018, 13:14
A mum was horrified to find her six-month-old son had been left alone in his nursery, after staff had decided to close early for the weekend.
A mum was left in a blind panic after going to pick her infant son up from nursery - and found him locked inside all alone.
Tanaya Merchen went to pick up 6-months-old Avery from the Kids R US Child Care Center in Montana after work on Friday at 5.45pm, only to find the lights were off and the doors were locked.
In a panic she called the nursery director Evi Pickering, upon giving her access to the building found her son Avi lying awake in the nap room.
Tanya told DailyMail.com: “She grabbed him and just kept telling me how mad she was that the employee that was supposed to stay got sick and had to leave.
"I was in shock.”
Tanya claims she never went back to the nursery, and filed a report with the Billings Police Department, which has been transferred to Child Protection Services.
Eva claims the staff were punished with a two-week probation.
Speaking on whether she would use childcare services in future, she said: “I don’t know if I will ever feel comfortable again.
"I feel traumatised for my son and have little to no trust in anyone.”
The Kids R US Child Care Center now faces child abuse charges, however, the owner claims the incident was a miscommunication from staff.
She said: “It was a horrible mistake and we’re sorry. We have a damage control method for staff to check out the sign-out sheets and be careful.”