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Day care driver, matron charged after 4-year-old girl found wandering alone in Brooklyn

Posted at 10:54 AM, Aug 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-06 10:55:00-04

BROOKLYN — A 4-year-old girl who was found wandering alone in Brooklyn after she was left in a day care van has reunited with her family, police said.

The day care driver, Anatoly Elkin, 76, and a matron, Galina Zabarnaya, 63, employees at Bam Bam’s Playhouse day care center both face charges of failing to exercise control of a minor, police said.

Elkin had picked the girl up for camp, who fell asleep in the back, police said. He then took the van back home and parked it after his route was finished, according to police.

The girl apparently got out of the van and wandered off before she was found walking along 27th Avenue and Shore Parkway around 9:30 a.m. Monday and was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Police worked to find the child’s family through the day until they were located around 7 p.m. The girl’s mother found out her daughter was missing through the news and media and later went to get her daughter at the hospital.

Elkin and Zabarnaya allegedly left the van before checking the vehicle to see if anyone was left behind. However, the two had signed off that they checked the bus, according to police.