A 1-year-old girl was rescued on the night of Oct. 19 after being locked inside a daycare facility in Chicago.
Cornelius Jones went to pick up his daughter, Journee, about 15 minutes before the daycare center, All Things are Possible for Kids, was supposed to close -- but found a dark, locked building when he arrived.
“I was terrified,” Jones told FOX 32, "and I was also hurt because I knew she was in there in the dark and I couldn't get to her."
Jones called 911, and the fire department arrived to break open the door. They found the crying toddler in a harrowing episode that Jones caught on video.
In the video, an officer calls out for Journee. The toddler is audibly crying but not visible until an officer shines a light in her direction, and she can be seen crawling on the floor.
“I was wondering, 'Where is she, where is she?' I [could] hear her, but I couldn't see her,” Jones said. "And one of the police officers flashed a light to the left and flashed it back to the right, and that's when I saw her crawling towards us screaming, and my heart just dropped."
Daycare center workers allegedly told Jones they were in the back of the facility when he arrived to pick up his daughter.
The director apologized to Journee's mother, Quanesha Borum, and offered the explanation that workers believed Journee to be a doll.
“If anything, it should be shut down,” Jones said. "I mean, nobody leaves kids behind, toddlers. I don't care how old they are; that's dangerous."
An investigation into the facility has been launched by the Department of Children and Family Services. The center had not been known as a problem facility, but ABC 7 Chicago reported one of the workers took a child home when they were not picked up by their parents.