GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — A Gwinnett County father says his 7-year-old daughter made it to school but never made it to her after-school program on Tuesday
For hours, Sean Harris said had no idea who had her until his phone rang and her voice was on the other end.
"Pure anxiety and I was in disbelief that this could possibly happen," Harris told Channel 2’s Carl Willis.
Turns out that the Division of Family and Children Services took the girl out of class at Rosebud Elementary School and drove her to the Rockdale County DFCS office. But, they had the wrong child.
"It was two girls in the same school with the same last names, same first names but the spelling was different," Harris said.
Their birthdays were also different.
Harris said the process failed him and his daughter, who said she is scared to go back to school.
"I could tell she was terrified. She was very quiet," Harris said.
Harris mainly blames DFCS for the mix-up but they said they followed their protocols by providing the legal documents to school staff
The department sent Willis a statement Wednesday saying.
The department said they rely on the schools to ensure they have the right child.
"That's totally not an excuse at all," Harris told Willis.
The Gwinnett County School District also sent Willis a statement saying:
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