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Daycare employee faces criminal charges after child walks away

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BURTON, MI (WNEM) -

What started as a typical afternoon at the daycare turned into a near tragic nightmare for two loving parents.

Little 2-year-old Kolten Ghinelli walked out the front door of the Always Learning Daycare in Burton, wandering all the way to a very busy Belsay Road.

Just in the knick of time he was saved by Terrence Roshell, who jumped out of his car scooping Kolten up before he ran out into traffic.

"Kids are kids, and I understand a mistake was made, but to keep it from the parents," Roshell said.

Burton Police Chief Tom Olsterholzer said Kolten's parents didn't learn about the incident until several hours later because the daycare director lied to the police.

"(They) provided us false information on how to contact the parents, in fact the parent's weren't even contacted in the first place," Olsterholzer said.

As a result, he said the 23-year-old daycare director will be facing a charge of providing false information to police.

"This was obviously an attempt to cover it up from the parents and the police," Olsterholzer said.

Since that day, the state launched an investigation into the daycare and found they were in violation on three counts, forcing the owner to hand over the license and close the doors for good.

"They acted swiftly on this and I think that's the most important thing to come out of this," Olsterholzer said.

The parent's of 2-year-old Kolten Ghinelli are thankful that other parent's who went to that daycare won't have to worry if their kids are being put in harms way.

Joe Ghinelli and his wife Kendra are counting their blessings, nearly three weeks ago an incident with their son Kolten at the Always Learning daycare in Burton almost turned their lives upside down. 

The owner of the daycare told TV5 she has no comment. State officials tell TV5 she can't apply for a new operating license for at least two years.

Meantime, the Ghinelli's say Kolten's grandparents are keeping an eye on him now while they're both at work.

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