58ºF

Florida woman arrested after locking up day care with 10-month-old still inside

Sakoya Francis charged with child neglect

photo

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A woman was arrested Wednesday evening after she closed and locked up a daycare center with a 10-month-old baby boy still in a playpen, sleeping, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said.

Sakoya Francis, 27, is charged with child neglect. 

The boy's mother showed up at ABC Christian VPK on Timuquana Road on the Westside, and found the place closed.

She told police that she could see her son's diaper bag through the window, and him in the playpen. The daycare's assistant director arrived and let the mother in.

Her son was just waking up, and he was fine.  Police estimated the child was left alone for about 30-45 minutes.

Police noted that the carpets were heavily stained and filthy, and lots of toys that had parts that could break off and be swallowed by a child.

The Department of Children and Families was notified.