Mother Says Five-Year-Old was Left at Water Park Alone
CHARLESTON, SC (MEGAN RIVERS, WTAT-TV) — Charlie Bailey, only 5-years-old, thought he would never see his family again. He was found at a James Island water park after counselors from St. Andrew’s Parks & Playground summer camp left him there for several hours.
Bailey says he was sad after his summer camp counselors left him at a water park on James Island. “I never thought I was going to get home,” he said. “I never thought no one would recognize me from my school.”
His mother, Britt Bailey, said it’s a miracle her son was found unharmed. “They left him in a pool. He could’ve drowned,” she said.
What was supposed to be a fun day for little Charlie quickly became a nightmare; that is until he saw a familiar face from an after-school program he attends during the school year.
“They called someone they knew that works at the camp and they picked me up,” Charlie added.
That was nearly two hours after being left alone.
According to Kevin Walsh, executive director of the St. Andrew’s Parks & Playground, the camp staff didn’t follow a number of protocols, like taking attendance once students were back on the bus.
“They were not even aware that they got back to the camp without him, they had no idea,” Said Bailey.
Once Charlie was discovered missing and returned, Bailey said she was never notified.
“All that kept going through my head is, ‘Why didn’t they call me? No one had notified me, they waited until I came to pick him up.”
Walsh said the counselors involved have all been reprimanded but no one was terminated.
Bailey said she believes the punishments should be firm.
“I expressed to the committee that I believe that those individuals need to be removed because you’re not given a second chance to get your child back.”
Bailey said police were never called once her son was discovered missing.
Walsh said kids will now have to wear bright colored t-shirts on trips going forward and wristbands.
We did some digging and found out the Department of Social Services does not monitor complaints or violations from centers that are not specified as childcare facilities.