Kim Smith didn't get a chance Tuesday to look in the eyes of the day care owner accused of driving her 8-year-old son and two nephews while drunk.
The trial of Margaret E. Self, 49, of Derby, was continued. She faces seven charges related to an October incident in which employees of her day care called police because they suspected she was drunk when she drove off with seven toddlers in her vehicle.
No injuries were reported.
"She needs to face what she's done," Smith said after spending a half-hour turning an icy glare to anyone who entered the courtroom.
But Self never walked in.
Court officials told parents Tuesday that another trial date hasn't been set.
Self, also known as Margaret E. Walker, pleaded not guilty in December to charges that include driving under the influence, DUI resulting in child endangerment, improper child restraint and no valid driver's license.
Self's attorney couldn't be reached Tuesday for comment.
Self is charged with second-offense DUI because she was convicted of a DUI in February in Butler County. That incident didn't involve children, according to court records.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued an emergency order to suspend the license of the day care, Creative Connections Learning Center, on Oct. 23, the day Self was arrested. The business, near Central and 119th Street West, has been closed since.
Three parents and a former assistant director of Creative Connections showed up hoping to see Self on trial Tuesday. They said they didn't know of Self's first DUI or that her license was suspended when they entrusted her with their children.
Sharla Warren, who helped run the day care and had a child there, said she and some of the employees are considering suing Self for unpaid wages.