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Chapel Hill toddler left all day on daycare bus

Posted June 17, 2015
Updated June 18, 2015

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— Kimberly Cates was shocked when hearing about her 2-year-old daughter's ordeal on Tuesday.

The toddler was left alone in a daycare van.

"She was severely dehydrated," she said. "They had to give her several bags of fluid to hydrate her body. Luckily, she doesn't have any kidney damage or anything like that, but it could have been so much worse."

The toddler was found inside the vehicle at Operation New Life, located at 825 N. Estes Drive. The child was left in the vehicle for “some period of time,” Chapel Hill police said.

Investigators are determining how long the child was left and if a crime took place.

Cates is grateful that her daughter was not seriously injured.

"That is why day cares have protocols," she said. "They have rules. They have things set in place so these things don't happen."

Cates said the worker responsible for leaving the child has been fired and claims the facility offered her a job and free tuition to keep the incident quiet.

Messages left at the day care center were not immediately returned.


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