"I guess the one teacher thought he was with the other group," Houck said. "I imagine whoever was watching that group was pretty freaked out when they realized he was gone."
The daycare is not far from the college and the boy likely crossed the parking lot to get to it, he said. A keycard is needed to enter the building. Houck said the child apparently followed a person inside.
The patrolman asked the daycare workers if they'd told the boy's parents about the incident.
"They didn't even tell him about what had happened," Houck said of the daycare.
He said the patrolman requested contact information for the boy's parents and informed them of the incident. Officers have not spoken to the boy's parents since the initial phone call. Houck said they have not made any indication that they wanted any further investigation.
"We reported it to Child Protective Services and they're supposed to look at the daycare and staffing and things," Houck said.
"We don't think there was any intent on anyone's part. It was definitely an accident, but there was some neglect there. They're responsible to watch over those kids. He could have wandered into the woods or into the parking lot and been hit by a car."
Calls to the South Charleston Enrichment Center went unanswered Thursday.Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.