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Childcare centre fined for boy's escape

Posted August 4, 2006 17:39:00
Updated August 4, 2006 19:33:00

The mother of a three-year-old boy who escaped from a Perth childcare centre says she hopes no-one has to go through such an incident again.

The Fremantle Magistrates Court has heard Callum Woods managed to slip through a gap in a fence at an ABC Learning Centre in Lynwood in October last year.

He was found by staff within minutes in a nearby car park.

The company pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to enclose and was fined $1,300.

Callum's mother, Antoinette Woods, says she is happy with the result.

"I am very glad that they were found guilty and hopefully through them pleading guilty, it can stop something like this from happening to somebody else," she said.

"It was a really horrible thing to go through so I wouldn't wish it on anybody."

An ABC Learning Centre spokesman says the incident at Lynwood was unfortunate.

He says the company believes its extensive safety and security procedures means parents can feel confident in entrusting their children to ABC Learning's care.

Tags: child-care, crime, perth-6000