Bennett’s day care center was not far from the hospital. Her niece Tanisha Lockett had worked at Ruth’s Child Care since it opened seven years ago.
She said all but the one child — a 4-year-old girl who had been in the center’s care since she was a baby — had been picked up before the storm. The child, whose name was not released, was taken to a Jackson hospital.
Yesterday, Bennett’s family and those who worked for her stepped over schoolbooks, first aid supplies and a Hooked on Phonics cassette as they tried to salvage paperwork.
“We’re just trying to keep a smile on our faces,” said Jackie Ivy, an employee. “I cried all last night.”