Sumter, SC (WLTX) - For many parents, taking their child to kindergarten is an emotional time and a memorable moment.
For one Sumter mother it was a day she will never forget.
"When you drop your child off at school you tend to think this is the safest place," said Yolanda Owens-Davis.
For Davis dropping her five year old daughter Teniece off at school for the first time was a big day, but it quickly turned into a nightmare.
"Low and behold, the safest place I thought I was taking her was the place that put her in danger."
Davis says she introduced her daughter to her teacher at Crosswell Drive Elementary in Sumter and told her that her daughter's name tag said that she is to be picked up after school by her day care.
"She held her tag; she said oh she is daycare? I said yes the day care will be picking her up."
When school ended Teniece was grouped with the students who walk home. When her daycare came to pick her up, she was nowhere to be found.
"I just had a panic attack because that is just unbelievable."
The five year old was later found by a sheriff's deputy about a mile away from the school; unharmed.
"It is just negligent because it was very basic, she had the tag on, I introduced you to her, I don't know how many precautions you can take."
Knowing that her five year old daughter was along walking by busy roads still has her a little shaken up.
"It's just too many things to happen a traffic accident; a total stranger could come to her."
Subsequently, Davis has removed her daughter from the school.
"I was not comfortable with that situation and once that bond of trust that you usually automatically have is broken, so she is in another school."
The School districts says they will now have teachers chaperone students to and from their departure points.