A driver for a child welfare program in Florida has been fired after a 4-year-old child was dropped off at the wrong home.
RaSheeda Yates was taking a shower when her 14-year-old daughter knocked on the door and told her there was an emergency. When the mother emerged from the bathroom, she was shocked to see a 4-year-old girl sitting in her living room, watching TV and eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Yates' daughter told her that a man had dropped the girl off at the home and left. The teenage daughter decided to give the little girl something to eat.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, the girl couldn't tell Yates the name of the man who dropped her off or her mother's last name. She also did not mention that she was in foster care. All that she was able to tell Yates was that she lived in a blue house.
Hours after Yates and Tampa police began trying to figure out where the girl belonged, Yates shared a post about the girl on Facebook, which was seen by the girl's biological mother.
It was soon discovered the girl was being taken home from day care by a child welfare worker, who intended to drop her off at her foster parents' home, which is about 2 miles north of where she was dropped off.
Yates' house number is the same as the girl's foster parents' house, but the street names are different. Yates lives on E. North Street, while the girl's foster parents live on E. North Bay Street. The driver's GPS reportedly took him to the wrong address.
When the driver arrived at Yates' home with the girl, her daughter answered the door and the driver asked if he needed to sign anything, but he left when the girl ran into the home, according to WTSP.
The Florida Department of Children and Families has confirmed that the driver has since been fired from his position.
"We were absolutely outraged when we learned of this incident and so thankful that this young girl safely reached her intended destination," DCF spokeswoman Jessica Sims said in a statement.
Because of the GPS error, the 4-year-old girl was dropped off in a neighborhood in which approximately 50 known sex offenders live within a 1-mile radius. Some of those registered offender are convicted of sex crimes against children under the age of 12, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Fortunately, the girl was dropped off in a welcoming home with people who only wanted to help her get back to her family safely.
The girl was returned home after her mother saw Yates' Facebook post. The mother called Yates and asked why her daughter was left at her house. After discussing what had happened, the girl's foster mother was contacted and she came to pick up the girl from Yates' home.