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Woman Finds Daycare Child Wandering Alone On Busy Road

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EATON RAPIDS, MI (WLNS) - A 2-year-old is safe today, following a scary scene in Eaton Rapids on Tuesday.

It's a first for Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich, as 6 News Nick Perreault explains the situation is a constant reminder to parents and drivers.

"You know you drive down here and you expect to see a deer or any other type of animal.”

But Kerri Sinnott didn't expect to see what she did Tuesday on her way to take her nursing finals at Baker College.

"I slammed on my brakes, she was probably about 100 feet in front of me when I noticed her,” said Sinnott.

Sinnott saw a tiny 2-year-old girl in a pink t-shirt.

"I was on the phone actually with my husband and I was like oh my god, oh my god, he said what, there is a kid,” said Sinnott, found 2-year-old on M-99.

In the middle of busy M-99 Sinnott quickly pulled over and managed to pick up the 2-year-old and move to the shoulder of the road

"I thought that maybe the parents were in the front yard or something, but I got out and there was nobody around, nobody calling, nobody, looking for her, I had no idea where she came from,” said Sinnott.

The Eaton County Sheriff's Department says the 2-year-old girl was being cared for at a daycare center nearby.

"This is something that DHS will have to conduct their own investigation on since the location is a licensed building,” said Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County.

Which Sheriff Reich says means, any penalties would come from the Department of Human Services.

We tried to reach out to the center for an on-camera interview, but were unsuccessful. A co-worker did tell 6 News, somehow a gate was open, allowing the 2-year-old to get out into the yard and find her way to the street.

"It doesn't matter how they went missing, bottom line is that a child was missing and it shouldn't have happened,” said Sheriff Reich.

A scary situation for all sheriffs Reich says and a reminder to keep your eyes on your children and the road.
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