Australian Police Investigate After Baby Girl Locked Inside Closed Day Care

Australian authorities are investigating how a baby girl was left alone inside a locked day care center after it closed for the day.

A Sydney father, identified by the Sydney Morning Herald only as Bharat, said that when he went to pick up his one-year-old daughter Ankita from the Scribbles and Giggles day care center in Rydalmere in western Sydney at 6:04 p.m. on May 26, he found the doors and windows locked and the lights switched off.

Bharat and his wife Gayatri called police and the center's owner was tracked down.

"He arrived about 6:50 p.m. My wife was crying. We went into the center and switched on the lights" Bharat told the Herald. "We opened one door and there was no one inside. Then we noticed the door to the next room and there she was, lying in the dark."

The couple said staff from the center had apologized profusely.

"She was lying on a bouncer, harnessed, sleeping. I could make out from her face that she was OK. I was just extremely relieved. I picked the baby up and just held her in my arms and she started crying," Bharat said.

The director of the center, Anthony Khali, said the facility's policies and procedures had been changed to prevent a repeat incident.

"I think it was just a very big misunderstanding," he said. "I think we're fortunate in the fact that the baby was safe. What we've gone through in the last week, I'd say, would be worse than whatever fine they give us. Living with what happened is bad enough."

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