Published: Oct 16, 2013 6:27 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 17, 2013 4:42 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- An upset mother is demanding answers after she says a miscommunication with her daughter's school put her child in danger.

She thought her little girl was in aftercare, but instead, the child was at a stranger's home before being returned safely to her mother.

Pamela Alvarenga was distraught after she found out her daughter's teacher at Tortuga Preserve Elementary put her on a school bus when she was supposed to be in child care.

Alvarenga said the bus driver compounded the mistake by dropping off little Zaniyah in a Lehigh Acres neighborhood. A neighbor, who she didn't know, kept the child at her home for almost five hours.

Alvarenga said, "She's a very nice lady, but I don't know who this lady is. She could be anybody. Her family could be anything, child molester, whatever...I will never know."

A spokesperson with the Lee County School District said it's policy that parents must put in writing when they want their child in afterschool care, and that Alvarenga didn't do that.

Alvarenga says she registered Zaniyah in child care for the entire week.

Alvarenga added that she kept her daughter out of school Wednesday, but after talking with the principal, she'll return her to school on Thursday. However, she's talking with lawyers about suing the district for negligence.