Vicky Preston embraces son Regan at her Calton Hill home
yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
A Dunedin mother says she is ''disgusted'' after her
2-year-old son escaped from his preschool and crossed a busy
South Dunedin road.
Regan Preston wandered from Punavai o le Atamai Pre-School
yesterday morning, crossed Macandrew Rd and walked down the
street to a Veggie Boys store, about 100m away, his mother
Vicky Preston says.
She was told of the incident by the preschool about 10.10am.
''I have been in tears pretty much all day. The possible
outcomes could have been horrific.''
Sarina de Boer said she spotted Regan about 9.15am as he was
about ''to run back across Macandrew Rd''.
''There was no-one looking for him. There was no-one to be
seen,'' she said.
''It was just lucky that I got him. It could have been
Mrs Preston said she was grateful to Mrs de Boer, but was
''disgusted'' with the preschool as she was told by staff
that Regan was found in the car park next door and she had
heard second-hand of him crossing Macandrew Rd.
''Thank God he wasn't hurt,'' she said.
''It was almost 40 minutes they didn't know he was missing.''
Multiple attempts by the Otago Daily Times to contact the
preschool were unsuccessful.
Mrs Preston said the preschool's staff had been apologetic
but she was still upset.
She had taken Regan out of the preschool and was looking for
another for him, she said.
Meanwhile, it was a great escape for a another Dunedin
Police were called to a Mornington property, after a resident
found a 13-month-old girl wandering the street about 4pm.
Senior Sergeant Brian Benn, of Dunedin, said police looked
after the toddler until they tracked down her caregiver, who
‘‘was very embarrassed and apologetic''.
The caregiver had put the girl down for a nap before having a
sleep herself, but unbeknown to her, the toddler ‘‘managed to
get out the door and out on to the street''.