Daycare Van Driver, Aide Expected To Face Charges

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A 4-year-old girl who was found alone in the street Monday has been reunited with her mother.

The child, clutching a stuffed unicorn, spent the day in police custody after a city worker found her wandering alone on Shore Parkway by 27th Avenue around 8:45 a.m., CBS2’s Ali Bauman reports.

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Officers said the child could not articulate her name or where she lives. She was taken to Coney Island Hospital and determined to be in good physical and mental health.

Police spent the day searching the Gravesend neighborhood where she was found, trying to figure out how she went missing.

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Around 7 p.m., police say the girl’s mother came to the precinct.

She told investigators she put her daughter in a daycare transportation van Monday morning, but she believes her daughter may have fallen asleep in the back. She believes the van driver left the vehicle without checking the back seat and the little girl somehow got out of the van, wandering to a nearby park where she was later found.

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The bus driver — 76-year-old Anatoliy Elkin, of Brooklyn — and bus matron — 63-year-old Galina Zabarnaya, of Brooklyn — were both charged late Monday night with failure to exercise control of a minor.