Elmira/Corning Regional Airport
Childcare Center Shut Down
TOWANDA (WENY) -- 15-month-old Kellie Greene's second day at Barbara Douglas Group Child Care wasn't filled with making new friends and adjusting to a new environment. She was found standing in the middle of Route 220 in Towanda by a driver going by last week.
The center has since been shut down by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare for violations alleging incompetence, negligence, and misconduct. The toddler was unsupervised for about 20 minutes.
"I was in shock my wife was in shock," said her dad, Ron Greene. "It's something you don't want to hear. It just took a couple seconds to process knowing your 15 month old daughter could have died."
The incident happened between 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on September 17th. Kellie's parents were told about the incident around 4:00 p.m.
Young Kellie is epileptic and has seizures. Dad, Ron Greene, finds comfort knowing the center is being shut down, so other parents don't have to go through what he and his wife did.
"She could have been kidnapped, she could have had something, I don't even want to think about it, she could have been killed. There's so many things," says Ron.
Ron now wonders if Kellie has Post Traumatic Stress. He told me she was watching a cartoon on TV last night, and started crying when she heard a truck's horn in the show. He didn't want to comment about any plans to press charges.
For now, Barbara Douglas Group Child Care remains closed, but the owner can appeal up to October 20th.