11:49 PM EDT, September 12, 2012
An Anderson daycare employee says her boss asked her to lie to police after the facility misplaced a child earlier this week.
Kenya Miles brought her two year old daughter Nayvia to the Indigo Daycare on Monday. Miles was scheduled to pick up her daughter at a different location later in the night, but when she arrived the staff couldn’t find her.
"I think they left my baby at the site by herself," Miles said.
Miles called Anderson police. Shortly after officers arrived, the husband of daycare owner Marilynn Collier brought the child to the correct location. Collier told police that the young girl had simply been at a different location.
"She was really wanting her mom and sometimes we'll take them out of the daycare atmosphere to let them have a break," Collier told Fox 59 News on Tuesday. "We forgot that she was there, but she was there, and she was there with a provider."
Collier said that Nayvia had been in the care of employee Patricia Reese throughout the evening. Reese says that is untrue.
"I never seen her before," Reese said.
Reese met Nayvia and her mother for the first time on Wednesday, and also informed them that her boss had asked her to lie to police.
"She said, 'I need you to do me a favor.' I was like, 'What's the favor?'" Reese said. "She said, I need for you to tell the police that you had Nayvia with you the whole night.'"
When Fox 59 News returned to the daycare in search of a response on Wednesday, nobody answered the door, but an employee did answer a phone call. They said Collier was unavailable and that they could not get a message to her.
Reese says she told police the truth about who she did, and did not, care for on Monday. She says she still has no idea where Nayvia actually was.
"I just know, what was said and what was done was not true," Reese said.
Until the truth comes out, Kenya says her daughter won't be going anywhere.
"This morning she woke up and said, 'Mommy, am I going to daycare?' I said, 'No. You don't have to go back,'" Miles said. "You know, I'm scared for something like this to happen to her again."
Reese says she suspects she was the scapegoat for the missing child because she has only been employed by the daycare for three weeks. Miles says she now hopes police file charges against the daycare owner. Anderson detectives will only say that they continue to investigate the case.