Passerby Rescues Toddler Walking on Highway

Updated: 06/17/2013 12:24 PM By: Maricella Miranda

Photo: MGN Online
Photo: MGN Online

A day care in Sandstone, Minn., has closed after authorities say a 3-year-old girl was found walking along a highway.

Authorities responded to a 911 call at 3:39 p.m. Wednesday reporting that passersby found the child walking in the traffic lane of State Highway 23, according to the Pine County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies arrived at the scene within minutes and found the child with a woman who was passing by, authorities reported. From her house's window, the woman told deputies that she saw the child walking on the highway.

She ran out of the house and removed the child from the road, she told deputies. At least one vehicle swerved around the child, she said.

Deputies canvassed the area looking for the child's home, authorities reported. Deputies found the day care about a block from where the child was found. The day care had a fenced in area filled with multiple children. The gate to the play area was open.

The day care provider told deputies that the child went missing, according to authorities. Deputies noticed alleged indications of intoxication, and performed a sobriety test.

She was "well over" the legal limit, said Chief Deputy Steve Blackwell of the Pine County Sheriff's Office. He did not elaborate on her test results.

The county's child protection arrived at the scene and ordered the day care to close, the sheriff's office reported. Parents of the children were notified and retrieved their kids.

The county-licensed home day care had 10 children, including the girl, at the home, Blackwell said. The day care is located near Highway 23 and Ash Street.

The county attorney is investigating the case for possible criminal charges.

No additional information was released about the day care.