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.
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.