A 2-year-old girl slipped out of the yard at her Federal Way day care and wandered into traffic.
Her parents said they are upset their daughter was placed in harm’s way — and outraged that the day care said the girl was no longer welcome back.
“My child was in the street, a life was endangered,” Gabriel Toyothe, the girl’s father, told KIRO. “If the traffic had hit her, she wouldn't be here. It would be a different situation. I don’t want this to happen to any other child.”
The incident happened Wednesday at Childtime in the 100 block of South 312th Street.
The parents said their daughter, Moyin, was on the playground when another child unlatched and opened the gate.
Although workers were able to quickly usher the other children back into the yard, Moyin was allegedly able to get into the middle of the street.
Drivers stopped for her, and one even walked the girl back to the sidewalk.
Childtime declined to speak to KIRO but sent the station a statement saying three children were separated from the group on the playground and briefly got outside the fence.
“The teachers immediately took action to intercept the children, who were brought safely back to the playground,” according to the statement.
Day-care officials said they are reviewing the incident and looking for better ways to latch the gate in the future.
Moyin’s parents said they were appalled the day care told them Moyin wasn’t welcome to return because she got out of the yard. They’re searching for another day care for the girl and her brother.
Both the parents and Childtime reported the incident to Child Protective Services, which confirmed it is investigating what happened.
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