Toddler 'Escapes' From Maryland Day Care Center

12:09 PM, Feb 1, 2014   |    comments
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Hank Silverberg, WUSA


GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA) -- It is every parent's nightmare. Your child, left at a day care center, disappears.

It happened Thursday in Germantown. Though there was a happy ending, it has raised questions about how the day care center handled the incident.

Two-and-a-half-year-old Amare Blaney wandered away from the Bright Eyes day care center on Schaeffer road in mid-morning. He simply walked out of the building without his jacket. No one noticed.

Amare was spotted 20 minutes later at the edge of the parking lot by a motorist passing by on Schaefer Road. She stopped, picked the boy up and then called police.

The boy's mom, Yolanda Blaney, says her first word of the incident came in a call from the day care center which simply said he was safe after an incident. Police told her later how the good samaritan, who remains anonymous, picked up her son.

"She's my angel" says Blaney, who talked to WUSA 9.

Blaney has asked the state of Maryland to investigate.

A letter from the day care center director to parents says two employees have been put on administrative leave as a result of the incident, which the letter described as an "escape" by one of the children. Blaney says the use of the word "escape" is unfortunate.

The day care center's director Holly Holzberger would not comment on the incident.

A spokesman for the Maryland Day Care licensing board says they have not received a complaint about Bright Eyes since 2008 and they are investigating this incident.


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