KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The daycare responsible for leaving a 3-year-old girl at a Cinemark movie theatre was forced to suspend its services on Friday.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) issued an emergency order of suspension against Back to Basics Learning Center, LLC, in Kansas City, Kan., on Friday. State law allows KDHE to issue a suspension when the secretary believes children need to be protected from any potential threat to their health or safety.
The owner of the daycare said on Wednesday the incident was a "terrible mistake."
"She only knew her first name, her mom's first name and how old she was," said Det. Nick Wiler with Merriam Police.
Two hours went by before the daycare called police.
"The day care had taken a group of kids up there, about 15 kids with two or four adults and went to the movies," said Det. Nick Weiler.
Back to Basics Learning Center refused to speak with FOX 4.
State records show other reasons fro concern. The day care had been inspected by the state four times in the past year. Each time, issues were found including uncovered electrical outlets, rusted and broken furniture, staff not properly trained and medicine in reach of children.
Back to Basics Learning Center is being investigated after a three-year-old girl was left behind in a theatre restroom on Tuesday, June 5. Theatre-goers found the girl and notified employees. Identifying the little girl was difficult for police, as she only knew her first name. She was safely reunited with her family later that afternoon.
The order of suspension issued against Back to Basics is subject to appeal. They day care can request a hearing on the suspension. If the owner fails to do so within 15 days, the suspension will become final.