For eight hours Thursday, 5-year-old Tavien Williams, disappeared.
Lequita Bean, the boy's aunt, went to pick him up at his Memphis daycare only to find out he never boarded a daycare bus from his elementary school.
Tavien was last seen around 2:30 p.m. and was reunited with family around midnight.
Memphis police have yet to identify the person who returned young Tavien to police stationed at Carnes Elementary.
Tavien's aunt said he didn't know who the man was but told them he got on the wrong bus, fell asleep and remembers driving around for a while.
The daycare driver for MECCA Campus Childcare and Learning Center told police that when she went to pick up Tavien and the other daycare kids up around 2:30 p.m., school employees told her Tavien had already been picked up.
Tavien's family said only three adults had permission to pick Tavien up from school.
The three were not contacted when he was unable to be located.
Bean said someone needs to be held accountable for Tavien's disappearance.
"Because eight or nine hours is too long," she said. "We were in agony, frustrated, stressed and didn't know what was going on. Completely out of our mind."
Tavien's mother did not know her son didn't make the bus to the daycare until she went to pick him around 5:30 p.m.
Memphis City Schools administrators said they have monitors who are supposed to walk children to their bus locations. As for where the breakdown occurred, MECCA administrators said they are reserving comment until police complete their investigation.
School district officials met with the Memphis Police Department and representatives with human services on Friday, a state agency that regulates daycares.
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