A Louisiana day care had its license suspended after four 1-year-old babies escaped and were found walking near a highway.
Four 1-year-old children at the Color Wheel Learning Center in Ascension Parish “found their way out of the facility’s play yard” on March 19. They were spotted outside of the fence by a passerby, near Highway 44. The person stopped and returned the children to the facility where staff members were unable to explain how the children got out, according to a statement from the Louisiana Department of Education.
“We are thankful these young children are safe, but we cannot ignore the recurring negligence displayed by this center,” State Superintendent John White said.
An employee at the daycare told the Daily News they had “no comment” on the license suspension.
The Louisiana Department of Education revoked the license on Friday, saying the incident was just the latest instance of negligence.
In October, another 1-year-old opened the gate to the play yard and wandered to the facility’s parking lot, authorities say. A staff member who happened to be outside spotted the child and took them back inside.
The Department of Education conducted an inspection following that incident and cited the day care for “lack of supervision.”
The Color Wheel Learning Center now has 15 days to appeal the department’s decision to revoke its license. Daycare providers who have their license revoked are ineligible to reapply for two years.
We’re happy no one got hurt.