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Woman charged after child wanders onto Route 51 in Brentwood

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Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

A Carrick woman and former Brentwood day care employee has been charged with putting her child at risk after police said her 2-year-old daughter was found wondering alone on state Route 51 last week.

Brentwood police on Jan. 23 charged Albertline Doerue, 26, of East Warrington Avenue, Carrick, with endangering the welfare of a child, after they accused her of leaving her child in an unlocked area at the Children's Academy International where she was employed, located in the 4000 block of Route 51, and failed to notify other staffers of the child's presence.

Doerue no longer works at the day care and left on her own accord, said director Iris Taylor.

Brentwood police received a call at 7 p.m. that the child had run out in front of a vehicle on Route 51, police Chief Robert Butelli said. Three people stayed with the girl until police arrived, he said.

The owner of the day care told police that she had “no idea” the child did not leave for the day with the mother, Butelli said. The child was not logged into a roster at the center, either, he said.

Doerue told police that she did not inform the day care center that she was leaving her child there when she left at the end of the day to go shopping, Butelli said.

The police chief said the child is “lucky” that drivers stopped when they saw her roaming on the street.

“It's a miracle that something didn't happen to the child, going out onto the main highway like that,” Butelli said.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

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