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ABQ day care apologizes after girl found on street

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque day care center is apologizing but has been temporarily closed while the state conducts an investigation after a driver found a 2-year-old girl standing in a traffic lane of a nearby busy street.

KOAT-TV reports that a Hope Head Start and Nursery employee retrieved the girl after the driver stopped and picked up the child Thursday.

Assistant Director Gely Flores says the day care loves its children and is asking parents and the public for forgiveness for the lapse.

Worker Judith Cabalero says she lost track of the girl while tending to another child while two other workers were on break.

The day care has installed a new door lock, is appealing its suspension and faces a hearing Thursday with a Children, Youth and Families Department hearing officer.