Child rescued after wandering into busy road near daycare

Published: Jul. 9, 2011 at 4:03 AM EDT
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LADSON, SC (WCSC) - Jeanette Jacobs reacted the only way she knew how. She pulled over, threw the car in park and started running out on College Park Road with her hands high in the air. Jacobs was running toward a 2-year-old girl that wandered onto the busy road in Ladson after walking out of a local daycare.
"She was in the middle of the highway," says Jacobs. "Between the white and the yellow line, trucking it, like she had not a care in the world."
Jacobs says she got to the girl just in time.
"There was a utility truck behind her," says the mother of two. "If I wouldn't have grabbed her or seen her, somebody could have hit her or somebody could have picked her up."

After Jacobs scooped the little girl out of the street she took her back to the front door of Noah's Ark School and Daycare where she got another surprise.

"Two smaller children let me in the daycare," says Jacobs. "There were no adults."

Jacobs says the Director of the daycare finally came to the door and brought the girl back inside. She says they told her they were looking for her but not out on the busy street. Which is the biggest issue for the girl's mother, Stacey Paul.

"I can understand if my daughter was going towards the end of the driveway and somebody stopped that would have been one thing," says Paul. "But she was out in the middle of the road."

Paul says she's never had a problem with Noah's Ark before but after talking to Jacobs, she's pulled her daughter out of the school.

The incident has sparked an investigation into the daycare by the Department of Social Services and according to their website, the facility has been investigated twice before for improper supervision.

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