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Granddad took wrong child from daycare

The Local · 14 Oct 2010, 10:45

Published: 14 Oct 2010 10:45 GMT+02:00

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The unfortunate mix-up occurred Monday afternoon when the grandfather came to the Hasselmusens nursery school in Varberga to pick up his 3-year-old granddaughter, the local Nerikes Allehanda newspaper reports.

But he left with the wrong child, only realizing his mistake later that afternoon.

Upon realizing the child he had with him was not his granddaughter, the man contacted the school immediately and went back to return the child he had taken by mistake.

When he arrived, the child’s parents were waiting, as were the parents of the child the grandfather was supposed to have picked up.

Even more alarming was the revelation that the girl who the grandfather picked up by mistake didn’t have a maternal grandfather, a fact which had not been passed along to the children’s teachers.

“There were gaps in our procedures which we’re trying to correct right now,” school director Ulla Maj Bondeson told the newspaper.

According to Bondeson, the little girl who was taken by mistake wasn’t negatively affected by the incident.

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She added that all parents at the nursery school will be informed on Wednesday about what happened.

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11:02 October 14, 2010 by salalah

Parents to grandfather: You brought the wrong child!!!

Grandfather: You should come and visit more often! No wonder the kid was screaming his head off!!!
11:13 October 14, 2010 by genova
poor gradpa, he must be feeling very silly about the whole thing
11:54 October 14, 2010 by popein
Actually I find the rules and procedures already complicated at the daggis, I hope this event doesn't bring new complications... Would I have to show my ID when I pick up my daughter? Would the person in the family picking her up have to be communicated in advance/approved by the parents?

In our daggis, I wanted to send invitations for her birthday party to other parents, and they wouldn't provide me their contact info, nor allowed me to leave a letter for them. The accepted procedure was they could communicate my phone number to the other parents, and they had to call me if they wanted to. I find it a bit crazy.
12:08 October 14, 2010 by crofab
Sounds like something Grandpa Simpson would do.
12:42 October 14, 2010 by Swedesmith
Oh , you know all those little grandkids look alike.
14:50 October 14, 2010 by PBR_Streetgang
Ha! Poor old GrandPa! :)
16:11 October 14, 2010 by spo10
it was an honest mistake but surely grandpa has poor vision or poor memory? :)
16:21 October 14, 2010 by Rishonim
And to top it all of is that the child he took home by mistake was a little kid from Somalia while the grand dad was blond....
16:31 October 14, 2010 by fridayz
Apart from the cute mistake .... it shows the teachers in this nursery are a little bit far from responsible!

Imagine.. you left your infant in a nursery... and haven't said that a grandpa or an uncle or whoever will get the child, meaning ..." you will pick up the child" in the afternoon they simply inform you that " her uncle has already taken her"!

I guess then is a little bit late!
17:42 October 14, 2010 by bolababu
Really do hope that grand-dad didn't have any ulterior motives and later changed his mind, ..any other explanation would mean that he is going senile considering the fact that the kid is Somalian. At least i am yet to meet a blond Somalian.
18:26 October 14, 2010 by tuerd1982
Wow, it looks very easy to steal small kids from Swedish daycare center. The center is really irresponsible.
23:47 October 14, 2010 by Emmaboda
As a retired Pre-School Director, I cannot believe this happening. The school is after all responsible in this case, even that I can't believe that a 3 year old would walk away with a stranger, this certainly beats me. After all, the grandfather must asked for the correct child, so why didn't he get it?
00:28 October 15, 2010 by Da Goat
seems like a 3 party mess up

the kid did not know granddad or at least left with a stranger

granddad did not know his own kin

and the people responsible were none the wiser

is there a stupid area in Sweden? It is strange to find a place with so many dumb people (they must be all blondes...... and I thought I was the only blonde one)

please tell where this place is, as I need a new blonde wife!
00:31 October 15, 2010 by Sam1
alzeimers disease
07:48 October 15, 2010 by mikewhite
Now we know there was a safe outcome:

That'll teach you to all call your daughters "Beyoncé" !
11:38 October 15, 2010 by Audrian
Why did it take a long time to realize that he had "stolen" somebody's child? It is also surprising that the child did not compalin. I think the family should adopt him as grandfather!
13:28 October 15, 2010 by hartleyhare
UK pre-school: buzzer on the door, everyone name-checked on entry. If anyone other than the parent is collecting a child, the school must have been advised previously, a photo supplied and password agreed, and the occasional collector must have their identity verified accordingly before they can take the child home. First impression of Sweden was how lax everything is, but now we've been here a while the UK just seems overly paranoid.
15:13 October 15, 2010 by JulieLou40
He's clearly not fit to be anywhere near children-be it his relatives or not.
16:58 October 15, 2010 by YaYo
it really, really surprises me that the kid did not complain. even if grandpa is senile, a three-year-old is not stupid!

when i had to pick up my step son from kinder garden and the teachers didn't know me, they asked my step son if he knew me and who i was. i really, really do not understand how this could have happened. doesn't grandpa talk to the child he is picking up? how are you today, do you want fruit when we come home, should we go to the playground...

im just amazed and confused.
23:08 October 15, 2010 by pantheratigris
This is a tragicomedy. Those poor parents must have suffered a heart attack when they been told the kid was taken by grandpa (which she apparently doesn't have). This should ring the alarm bell, seems like it's easy for pedos to snatch kids at daycare...
17:19 October 16, 2010 by mikewhite
"Pedos" - yes, we must keep those foot-fetishists away !
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