Toddler left behind at a Riviera Beach daycare

RIVIERA BEACH, FL (WFLX)-  A Riviera Beach day care plans to open and continue normal operations less than 24 hours after a 2-year-old was locked in the facility, according to an employee Friday morning.

Sa'Myra Brown was left in the Life Span of Palm Beach County Day Care after employees left for the day and the facility closed Thursday night, according to Riviera Beach police.

Police say the toddler was apparently left behind for hours -- alone. Tavaris Brown, Sa'Myra's father, said he arrived at the center on North Congress Avenue around 5:30 p.m. to pick Sa'Myra up, but the gates were locked.

After attempting to contact the staff with no response, Brown called police and reported Sa'myra missing.

Officers arrived, broke through the gate and began looking through windows for signs of the young girl. One of the officers spotted the toddler and broke a window to get inside. Her family said the girl had been alone, in the dark, for hours. 

Sa'myra was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center as a precaution. She was unharmed and has been reunited with her family.

"She could have been laying unconscious for all I have known," said Ashley Worthy, the girl's mother.

Riviera Beach Police have launched an investigation to find out exactly how this incident occurred.

Sa'Myra's grandmother Bobbie Mack said she originally feared her granddaughter had been kidnapped.

"I thought she had wandered off in the street because things do happen when you got multiple children and we didn't know what to think. I was just frantic," said Mack.

A Life Span staff member, who chose to remain anonymous, said the day care is assessing the situation.

Sa'myra's family members said they will pull the child from the facility's care and find a more "suitable" place for her to go.

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