It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, to think your child was taken by someone without your consent, to an unknown location. This nightmare became a reality for Terra Langfeldt when she says a daycare – social services mishap ensued.
Terra Langfeldt was walking out of work Tuesday afternoon when she said she got an alarming phone call from her husband concerning their three-year-old daughter.
“A social worker had come to the daycare to retrieve a child for a scheduled family visit and when she went into the daycare, the daycare facility sent my daughter instead.” said Langfeldt
She said that after multiple, frantic, phone calls, she was told that a social worker from Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, walked into Fun-N-Fit Daycare in Peoria during nap time, flashed a badge, and took two children who were scheduled for a parental visit. Once they got there, Langfeldt said she was told that the other mother spoke up, to say it was not her child.
“I feel like my husband and I have kinda been going through phases of different emotions; anger, sad, heart broken, needing answers, you know you want answers. Where was she? How long was she gone? Because these were things they could not answer for us.” said Langfeldt.
Langfeldt said she had to reach out to Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, and now believes the Aide had taken the other, correct little girl, on visits before. In a statement on Thursday, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois said:
“LSSI has a 151-year history of caring for children. We are concerned about this matter and reported it to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. We understand that they will complete an investigation. In addition, LSSI is conducting an internal review. We take our responsibilities very seriously and strive to provide excellent and compassionate care in all we do.” – LSSI
Langfeldt said her daughter will not be returning, but she is full of hesitation as they search for a new daycare.
“You know she want’s to be in school, she want’s to be with her friends and now that isn’t going to happen.” said Langfeldt
In the end the family says they just want someone to take responsibility.
“When you drop your child off at a daycare or a school you don’t expect them to love them the same way you love your child, but you expect them to care for them and protect them and they failed epically on that, they did.” said Langfeldt.
A representative from the daycare initially told us they had no comment over the phone and in person, but later reached back out to us to say they will be making a statement later this week.