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4-Year-Old Found Safe After Walking Out Of Nutley Preschool Alone: Police

Police are investigating after a toddler was found wandering alone in Nutley Monday
Police are investigating after a toddler was found wandering alone in Nutley Monday Photo Credit: File

This story was updated Sunday, Nov. 10 with information on the school involved.

A toddler was found safe in Nutley after the child left a daycare unattended on Monday, police said.

A Good Samaritan spotted the child near Vreeland and Franklin avenues and stayed with the child until officers arrived, police said. The child was unharmed and was reunited with the parents, police also said.

Authorities believe the child walked out an open door and crossed High Street.

A Nutley police spokesman declined to provide much information about the incident, including the name of the facility or when staff became aware of the child's disappearance. There are a number of preschools in the general area.

The spokesman did say the incident is under investigation with the help of an assisting agency.

Later Friday, a local publication obtained a letter sent to parents with children in The Community School, which rents space from St. Paul's Congregational Church, alerting them to the incident.

The school said the child wandered off during drop off and the state was notified of the incident. State officials will conduct an investigation that will involve interviews with five students chosen at random.

The school, which was founded more than 50 years ago, said a buzzer has been installed that will sound when a door is opened.

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