SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- When Ulanda Walker went to pick her daughter up from daycare last month, she could tell instantly -- 6-year-old Kay had been crying.
When Ulanda found out why, she almost broke into tears herself.
"When I heard those words -- 'left on the bus' -- I think I just went numb," she said. "In my mind I thought, 'Are you seriously telling me that my little girl was alone and needed someone and no one was there?'"
Every day after school, Kay would ride the bus to Prodigy Point daycare center in Snellville.
But one day, Ulanda says, her daughter fell asleep on the bus. When it was time to get off, no one noticed she was still on board.
According to a Gwinnett County police report, Kay was stuck on the locked bus for more than two hours.
It was another parent who finally spotted Kay banging on the bus windows and crying for help.
"It was very cold on the bus, and I was pretty scared and I started crying," Kay said.
"When she describes, 'Mommy, I tried to open the door. Mommy, I banged on the window, I wanted people to see me,' -- a 6 year old shouldn't have to think like that," Ulanda said.
Georgia law requires at least two checks when children get out of a vehicle. In June of 2011, 2-year-old Jazmin Green died after being left in a daycare van for hours.
Right now, Georgia lawmakers are considering a bill that would require daycare vans to have an alarm inside to make sure no children are left behind.
As for Prodigy Point, the center remains open, though the state has suspended its license to transport children for a year.
Ulanda says that's not enough.
"As a parent, I would be arrested and charged with child cruelty if I left my child alone for any amount of time," she said. "Why the double standard?"
11Alive News did some digging and found out that's not the first violation for Prodigy Point. Since last July, the center has had four other violations, including food service and playground maintenance. The company declined a request to talk.