TOWANDA TOWNSHIP — Investigators from the PA Department of Welfare showed up at a daycare in Bradford County Thursday where a lack of supervision is being called into question.
It comes after a toddler managed to get out of the daycare and wandered onto a busy highway.
The child care center is still up and running while state officials look into the close call.
It happened Tuesday at Barbara Douglas Child Care.
Parents of little Kellie Greene are relieved their daughter wasn’t hurt but don’t want any other parent to have to go through what they did.
Kaitlynn Greene got her 15-month-old daughter ready to go outside, still reeling from an incident Tuesday at little Kellie’s child care.
Two days later, a state official visited Barbara Douglas Child Care near Towanda.
Kellie had been inside until somehow she got out and wandered into the busy road.
“Everytime I think about it it’s a tear-jerker, no doubt. Nightmares every night about what could have happened,” said Kaitlynn Greene.
It was just little Kellie’s second day at the child care near Towanda when the unthinkable happened. The 15-month-old girl was found in the middle of Route 220. As a result, the Greenes said they have a problem trusting anyone other than family with watching their baby.
“I don’t even want to think about all the things that could have happened to her. Got possibly killed or abducted,” said Ron Greene.
Kellie’s parents didn’t find out about the incident until hours after it happened. They were told drivers saw Kellie, stopped and honked their horns until the daycare found out there was something wrong.
“I can’t imagine what was going through my little girl’s head. She was there all alone,” said Kaitlynn Greene.
While state officials look into whether the child care center followed all the rules, the Greenes just want to make sure this sort of thing doesn’t happen to other families.
“I don’t want them to have to feel what I felt, what the wife felt, I don’t want them to have that scare,” said Ron Greene.
Barbara Douglas declined to comment, saying she had to keep her attention on the children.
There were newly installed barriers near the back door where Kellie slipped out.
Family will be watching little Kellie from now on.
The investigation into the incident continues.