DHS investigating after child wanders away from daycare - WNEM TV 5

UPDATE: DHS investigating after child wanders away from daycare

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A very busy road, and a toddler just moments away from stepping into it. That's what parents of a young boy say happened after their son wandered away from a local daycare.

The terrifying tale only begins there as his parents now claim the daycare tried to cover the whole thing up.

Two-and-a-half-year-old Kolten Ghinelli is the joy of his parents lives. But his curiosity almost turned his family's life upside down.

On April 2, just after 5:30 p.m., Kolten's parents say he found his way out of the Always Learning Daycare in Burton.

He made it all the way to Belsay Road.

Terrence Roshell says he nearly hit little Kolten, slamming on his brakes, stopping traffic behind him.

"They was all honking the horn at me but they didn't see the little kid, so I jumped out and grabbed the little boy," says Roshell.

Roshell rushed Kolten back to the daycare, but their reaction surprised him.

"You have that urgency, when you see me walking up with a kid from your daycare you would run out and say wow what happened? They were just so nonchalant about it," says Roshell.

Workers at the salon next door to the daycare were so shaken up by what they had just witnessed, they called the police.

All this going on and Kolten's parents had no idea. Kolten's father says he received a phone call from the police nearly six hours after the incident.

What took so long?

The Ghinelli's say they were told by police that daycare gave them the wrong contact information. They say they are suspicious about what transpired.

TV5 went to the daycare to ask the tough questions. A woman told us the owner was not available but she'd take my information and have her contact us.

TV5 received a statement late Wednesday afternoon. In the statement, she says the incident has been reported to the licensing division and a thorough investigation is ongoing.

She adds that she regrets any concern this incident has caused with their parents and children.

The state department of human services confirmed that there are in fact two open investigations into the Always Learning Daycare. One being the incident involving Kolten last Friday.

UPDATE: DHS tells us that the owner of the daycare has agreed to hand over her operating license after their investigation into Kolten Ghinelli case found they were in violation on three separate counts. One of those counts found the daycare to be in violation of properly notifying parents after a child incident or accident. Another found them to be in violation of staff knowing where children are at all times. The final count was related to a violation of rules regarding an inspection. As of Friday, April 11, the Always Learning Daycare is closed and will not reopen.  DHS tells us the owner cannot appeal her license being revoked as she signed an agreement.  She also cannot reapply for a license for two years.

The Ghinellis tell TV5 they have played the scenario out in their heads over and over again, imagining what could've happened to their precious little boy that day. They are just so grateful that Terrence was there to save their son.

The Ghinellis say the police told them there was no criminal action involved and since he was not hurt they didn't write a report.

They tell TV5 they immediately pulled Kolten from the daycare and will not being going back.

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