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Day care aide arrested after toddlers found alone at mall

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From left to right, 3-year-old Abby and 2-year-old Tyler were found unattended at a Long Island mall Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, left alone allegedly by their day care aide. (Photo: Suffolk County Police Department)

From left to right, 3-year-old Abby and 2-year-old Tyler were found unattended at a Long Island mall Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, left alone allegedly by their day care aide. (Photo: Suffolk County Police Department)

BAY SHORE, Long Island (PIX11) – A school aide was arrested after two toddlers she was supposed to be watching were found wandering alone at a Long Island mall, some 40 miles away from the day care they attended together.

Nicole Noble allegedly took a 2-year-old boy and 3-year-old boy to Westfield South Shore Mall in Bay Shore, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.

 

Nicole Noble. Noble, 34, of Avenue I, Brooklyn, was arrested and charged with two counts of Abandonment of a Child and two counts of Endangerment of a Child.  (Suffolk County PD)

Nicole Noble. Noble, 34, of Avenue I, Brooklyn, was arrested and charged with two counts of Abandonment of a Child and two counts of Endangerment of a Child. (Suffolk County PD)

The toddlers, who are not related, were found playing by themselves near JC Penney and Panera Bread about 2 p.m. Wednesday. Police released an alert asking for help finding their parents and early Thursday announced they had made an arrest in the case.

Noble faces charges two counts of abandonment of a child and two counts of endangerment of a child. She is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.

The children attend Elite Christian Day Care in Brooklyn, where Noble worked as an aide. It was not clear if Noble has permission to take the toddlers to the mall.

Neither toddler appeared to be hurt and they are set to be reunited with their parents soon, police said.

1 Comment

  • nanaknows

    Such a relief to see their sweet little unharmed smiles. It is nice to read a news story where it doesn’t end in abuse and bloodshed. It doesn’t make sense that a daycare worker would endanger the children and her career/livelihood though. I wonder what was really behind that?

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