WFPD Investigating infant found after hours at MLK Center

WFPD Investigating infant found after hours at MLK Center

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - An investigation is underway after a baby was found at the MLK Center after the building was closed for the day.

Wichita Falls Police said the infant's grandmother came to pick her up around 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday when she was told the child had already been picked up.

Officer said the roster did not reflect the same information.

The grandmother left and came back with the great-grandmother after the building was closed for the day and began banging on the front door.

The janitor opened the door with the 1-year-old baby in his arms.

He said while making his trash run he heard crying coming from one of the cribs and he found the child.

The Martin Luther King Center has released the following statement:

"Wednesday evening, April 12th, an incident occurred where a child was inadvertently left after closing at the Martin Luther King Center, one of four child care centers operated by Child Care Inc. a non-profit organization. We are grateful that the child is fine and with her family.

We have made the appropriate incident report to licensing and will cooperate fully with any investigation.

We have also started an internal investigation to determine how this incident happened and what actions need to be taken to ensure it never happens again. The employees involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave pending a full investigation by all appropriate parties. Our agency considers this a very serious matter and corrective action will be taken on any investigative findings.

Child Care Inc. has served the community by providing safe and appropriate child care for 99 years. We are committed to our families and their children and we will ensure that their trust in our agency is well founded.

Licensing questions for the agency can be answered by calling the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services at 940-235-1995.

It would be speculative and therefore premature to field questions until the investigations are completed. Our contact person on this matter is Gregory A. Ross, Treasurer, at 940-692-7800, or Jeanmarie Baer, President, at 940-723-4323. Thank you."

Gregory A. Ross, Treasurer
on behalf of the Board of Directors
Child Care Inc.

No arrests have been made at this time. WFPD said the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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