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Day-Care Driver Faces Charges After Girl Left in Van

Posted April 23, 2007 11:49 p.m. EDT
Updated April 24, 2007 1:58 p.m. EDT

— A local mother says a Wake Forest day-care center has some explaining to do after her daughter was left in a van for two hours.

Angela Kimbrough said she sent her boyfriend to pick up her 5-year-old daughter from day care. When Charles Brown arrived, he asked the teacher where Akayla was. The teacher said she didn’t know.

Brown then frantically began searching Children’s Adventure Child Development Center looking for the missing girl.

“I went to every classroom in there looking for her, calling her name. I could not find her [anywhere],” he said.

That’s because Akayla was in the back of a van where the driver apparently had left her some two hours before.

“She was in the van, locked up tight, windows rolled up, everything,” Brown said.

Akayla had apparently fallen asleep on the ride from kindergarten to day care. The driver never noticed her sleeping in the back.

The assistant director for the center on South Main Street had no comment when contacted by WRAL.

Some parents of children at the center told WRAL they weren't notified of the neglect allegations, which state law requires.

Wake Forest Police said the child-care center fired the driver of the van, and investigators plan to file misdemeanor child-abuse charges against her.

She could face a sentence of between one and 120 days in jail if convicted.