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After reportedly abandoning a 3-year-old child in a Nampa park for more than an hour, Little Angel’s Day Care had its license suspended Tuesday by the state of Idaho.
A letter from Idaho’s Health and Welfare Department to the day care’s manager, Angelina Diordyuk, stated that the health department had received a Nampa Police Department report about the incident and that the facility’s license would be suspended immediately. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s child care program must license all day cares in the state.
The police report stated that on July 13, the day care did not report a child missing because the staff was unaware that the 3-year-old had been forgotten in a Nampa park.
According to Health and Welfare’s letter, it wasn’t until staff was back at the day care, preparing other children for nap time, that they realized the toddler was missing. The day care is located at 523 11th Ave. N. and the park is located at 1304 Seventh St. N. in Nampa, according to police.
A community member found the abandoned child and called police.
The Idaho Child Care Program’s specialist stated that Little Angel’s Day Care did not comply with safety requirements. Not only did the day care leave the child, but a duck pond and water play area with a busy road were nearby, creating an environmental safety hazard.
In a separate letter, a state licensing specialist noted that the health department has terminated Little Angel’s agreement with the Idaho Child Care Program, which provides financial assistance to low-income families for child care.
Little Angel’s has 28 days to appeal that decision. The letter stated it is a misdemeanor crime to operate a day care without a valid state license.
Health and Welfare spokesman Chris Smith said Thursday that its child care licensing team has contacted all of the participating Idaho Child Care Program families who take their children to Little Angel’s to let them know of the termination. The families would need to find a new participating provider to continue to receive any Idaho Child Care Program subsidy assistance.