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NC day care center to close, months after toddlers found on highway

Simone Jasper and Noah Feit, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) on

Published in Parenting News

RALEIGH, N.C. -- A North Carolina day care is closing months after 2- and 3-year-olds wandered onto a highway.

The children left the child care center at Pinedale Christian Church, and five of them were found along a Winston-Salem road that had a 55 mph speed limit, WGHP-TV reported at the time.

Drivers and a police officer stopped to help the unsupervised children, WXII-TV reported.

A sixth child was found "trapped between two doors," and day care workers didn't know any of the kids had left, the Winston-Salem Journal said in December.

The toddlers were outside on a playground before they slipped into the church and made their way through the front door of the building, The News & Observer previously reported.

Days after the escape, a state official inspected the facility and found supervision violations, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.


The Rev. Matthew Sink on Monday announced Pinedale Christian Church's child care center will close its doors June 11, WFMY-TV reported.

Sink said the church examined its center and determined "because the day care is attached to the church, and the church is always busy with events, they would not be able to meet the standards of security needed for the day care," according to the station.

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