It was supposed to be a vacation to
paradise, but it turned dreadful for a couple from Hudson.
On Jan. 7, while on
a cruise to Mexico, Scott Pierce received a call that his four-year-old son Drake was not at the day care. Instead the bus dropped him off at his normal
Three and a half hours later,
he knocked on a neighbor's door, cold and wet.
raining," Drake said. "And, and I was a little bit scared"
that scared Pierce the most about Drake wondering around all alone, are the
various dangers in the Copper Creek Subdivision.
The subdivision is expanding
and has new homes being built with heavy machinery constantly on the move and
is bordered by a thick wooded area and creek, a place that drake retreated
to, possibly causing him to get sick.
"We got home Thursday," Pierce said. "He had a 102-degree fever. He had 103 on Friday. I had to take him to two different
On top of the fever, Pierce
also says Drake developed a rash.
Drake would miss seven days
of school and Pierce said Hudson ISD never reached out to make sure he was OK.
Hudson Police Chief Jimmy Casper said he is reviewing the case for
possible criminal action and will forward it to the district attorney's
"We try our best to get the
children were they need to be," said Hudson ISD Superintendent Mary Ann Whiteker. "It is a good policy. The last time anything
happened like this was eight years ago."
A statement that Pierce
believes is not good enough.
"I don't know how often it has happened, but for me one time is too
many," Pierce said.
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