Feb 11 2012Mekhi and Makayia Nash
Michael Nash & Lanicka Taylor
State has custody of 2-year-old twins dropped off at wrong address
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/l...,3314647.storyThe parents of 2-year-old twins from the Englewood neighborhood who were mistakenly dropped off at the wrong house Friday were reunited with their children Saturday night after a day of frustration over the mishap that triggered a state investigation.
Mekhi and Makayia Nash had been in the care of the Department of Children and Family Services after Chicago police were called by a woman two blocks from where they were supposed to be dropped off.
The children were returned by DCFS just after 9 p.m. Saturday to the welcoming arms of their relieved parents and family members. Both children were dressed in one-piece pajamas and appeared to be in good shape, though they were visibly sleepy.
"I'm at a loss for words. This is one of the best feelings in the world," said Michael Nash, the twins' father, as he cradled the sleeping boy.
Earlier in the day, Nash had said he believes somebody affiliated with their day care provider left the children at the wrong place — dropping them off with a family on the 7100 block of South Normal Avenue instead of where the children live, three blocks west on the 7100 block of South Union Avenue.
Nash and the twins' mother, Lanicka Taylor, went to the Wentworth District police station earlier in the day to try to get some answers, but left frustrated.
Police responded to a call of children left alone Friday evening. A woman who lives on Normal told police that a man driving the a minivan had stopped in front of her home and repeatedly honked his horn.
The woman sent her teenage nephew downstairs, and the man told the teen that the children were the woman's niece and nephew. The teen then brought the children upstairs, according to police. The woman called police when she realized she didn't know the toddlers, officials said.
Taylor, the twins' mother, teared up Saturday night as she thanked the woman who called police. "Anything could have happened to my babies while they were out there," she said, trying to comfort the sobbing girl.
Taylor added that while she felt what happened was probably an honest mistake, she would no longer entrust the twins to the woman who had looked after all her children for years. "My kids can't go back to her, I'm sorry," she said. "I can't send my kids back to her."
Twin Toddlers Reunited With Parents After Dropped Off At Wrong House
feb 12 2012
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/02/...uth-side-home/CHICAGO (CBS) – Imagine expecting your kids to come home from day care, but not seeing them for more than a day.That’s what happened to two Englewood parents, who were reunited with their twin toddlers about 26 hours after the kids were supposed to have been dropped off at home by a daycare provider.
There were initial reports that the kids were abandoned Friday night, but the family said that is not the case. They said a daycare worker dropped the 2-year-old twins off at the wrong house.
Who really drops off kids with another kid when you have a business? When you’re a daycare provider? I mean, you really just honk the horn and kick them out?” their father Michael Nash said.
That’s exactly what witnesses said happened to his 2-year-old boy and girl, Mekhi and Makayia on Friday. Their family said their daycare was supposed to drop them off at home at 71st Street and Union Avenue at around 7 p.m. Friday
But witness said a man driving a white minivan rolled up to a house near 71st Street and Normal Avenue instead and put the kids out, leaving them with a 15-year-old boy outside the home.
Eyewitness Chiquita Rattler said the driver seemed to be in a hurry.
“It started snowing very, very badly, so he was, like, swearing and stuff … and he shoved the kids to the little boy and he just pulled off,” Rattler said.
The 15-year-old took the toddlers inside and called police.
“He was bum-rushed with the kids. He really, he was dumbfounded. He didn’t know exactly what to do,” the boy’s mother, Gloria Kincaide said.
The toddlers’ parents said, after hours of calling around to find their kids,
a relative saw their photos on Facebook, along with reports they’d been abandoned.
It was enough to bring tears to their mother’s eyes.
“Why? When you could have just picked up the phone and called? It’s not like they don’t have my number,” Lanicka Taylor said.
Nash said he believes the daycare owner’s husband is the person who dropped them off at the wrong house.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services confirmed they are investigating.
The daycare owner would not comment, referring questions to her attorney, although she would not provide the lawyer’s name.