FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) - Three children wandered away from a Florence daycare Thursday evening. Police say they were all under the age of 4.
The name of the daycare is Little Friends Childcare. It is located in the 7000 block of Turfway Road right next to the BP gas station.
Police say a passerby saw one of the kids and decided to pick up the child before he went into the street. They said the children got loose through an open gate at the daycare’s fenced-in playground.
An employee at a nearby BP called 911.
“I had a customer come in and say that there are quite a few toddlers over here on Drexel like running the streets without any adults present. He said, like literally, they were running out in the street," they told dispatchers.
Witnesses placed the children into a fenced area in the rear of the building and made contact with management.
Management did identify the children and moved them back into the daycare.
They said the children were missing for about 13 minutes.
The Florence Police Department contacted the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Kentucky State Licensing Board. The incident has been assigned to a detective for further investigation and police will be working with the Boone County Attorney’s office to see if there will be any criminal charges.
State investigators were seen at the daycare Friday afternoon. They were taking pictures and notes as they inspected the fence, which now has a new lock on the gate that leads to the play area.
The owner of the daycare declined to comment.