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Daycare worker accused of leaving child in van

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A daycare van driver has been placed under arrest after police said a careless mistake put a child in harm's way.

According to Hopkinsville police, the van driver for House of Angels Daycare, Erica James, dropped off the vehicle at Raben Tire for maintenance. Police said it was an entire 45 minutes before someone noticed James had left the child in the van.

"The Raben Tire employees actually found the child," said Officer Paul Ray of the Hopkinsville Police Department. "The child was distraught and crying."

According to police, James came back and picked up the child before officers could arrive. She then took the child home to the parents, not explaining why the child was so late.

Director of House of Angels Tressa Childs said James hasn't been fired, but she has been put on suspension while an investigation is underway.

"We're looking at the transportation log," said Childs. "None of the transportation procedures were followed by that employee. This is how this mistake happened."

Childs added the family is allowing the 3-year-old to continue going to House of Angels. James was charged with first degree wanton endangerment.

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