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Toddler Locked in Day Care Center

July 27, 1999

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) _ A 14-month-old boy lay alone in a day-care center crib for almost two hours after closing time before a police officer broke a couple of windows and reunited him with his distraught mother.

Keisa King said Monday that she is no longer sending her son, Elijha Weathers, to the Wee Wuns Wunderland.

``There is no way you can leave a baby alone for that period of time,″ King said, bouncing Elijha, who is asthmatic, on her knee. ``One of the women there told police that she knew he was there _ it was just time to go.″

Employees at Wee Wuns Wunderland would not comment about the Friday incident. Lt. Sean Baldwin said police and the state child welfare authorities are investigating.

In the past, when King couldn’t get to the day-care center by closing time, Wee Wuns workers have taken Elijha to another center that operates 24 hours. So after knocking at the center’s doors Friday, King prepared to leave.

Elijha’s cry stopped her, and she summoned police. Elijha had no obvious injuries, but his eyes were swollen from crying and asthma, King said.

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