UPDATE: Reynolds Township daycare pick-up attempt was just miscommunication


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 1:18 pm on Wednesday, February 12, 2014

REYNOLDS TOWNSHIP — An attempt to pick up children at a Reynolds Township daycare that had local law enforcement involved and local parents worried turned out to be just a simple miscommunication.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s detectives began looking into a possible suspicious situation that took place around 4:30 p.m. Monday at a daycare near Howard City.

According to investigators, a woman attempted to pick up some children enrolled in the daycare, however the children had already been picked up by a family member earlier that day. The woman knew the children by name.

The daycare immediately contacted the parents to report the incident and to describe the woman. The parents said they did not know the woman’s identity nor had they authorized any other person to pick up their children. The parents then reported the incident to the sheriff’s office.

After the sheriff’s department issued a press release asking residents to be on the lookout for the suspicious woman, the woman herself called the sheriff’s office. The woman said she was at the daycare to pick up some other children, but daycare officials thought the woman was there to pick up the children of another parent who had called.

Sheriff Bill Barnwell told The Daily News that the parents of the other children called the sheriff’s office saying someone had tried to pick up their children from the daycare.

“This was a miscommunication,” Barnwell said. “Sounds like it was a mix-up on either the daycare’s end or our caller’s end.”

No children were ever in any danger during the confusion, according to the sheriff’s office.

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