On November 19, a 44-year-old motorist was driving in Long Island, New York when he spotted a 3-year-old girl standing in the middle of a busy street.
A 2-year-old boy was sitting in a grassy area on the curbside. Both children were wandering without the supervision of an adult, WABC reports.
Thankfully, the good Samaritan was able to stop and bring the children to safety before they were injured. He then contacted authorities in Nassau County.
Now, the owner of daycare where the toddlers were being cared for has been arrested.
The children were supposed to be at Chella’s Childcare, a home-based daycare center located close to where they were found.
According to police, the toddlers escaped out the facility through an unlocked gate and made their way onto the road, Pix 11 reports.
The 24-year-old daycare owner, Graciela Castro, was responsible for watching the little boy and girl at the time.
She was arrested an charged with two counts of child endangerment.
The daycare’s license has been suspended. However, this isn’t the first time the care facility has been cited for violations.
According to WABC, the daycare received 25 violations last month alone, including issues with sanitation, food storage, and safety.
In total, they have received 72 violations since May 2017. It’s unclear why the daycare wasn’t shut down.
The Office of Children and Family Services said in a statement to the outlet that they are attempting to close Chella’s Daycare for good:
“Chella’s Childcare, Inc. has been licensed since December of 2016. After being made aware of this incident, OCFS required the provider to immediately cease operations. The provider’s license was suspended and OCFS is moving to revoke it. Our agency is cooperating with law enforcement in addition to conducting our own investigation.”
Castro is currently out from behind bars but will appear in court on December 17.
The toddlers’ parents have not spoken out about the incident.