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Minn. toddler rescued from highway after wandering away from day care, report says

A 22-month-old toddler was rescued from this Minn. highway after wandering away from her day care. CBS Minnesota

Authorities say a 22-month-old girl was rescued from this Minnesota highway after wandering away from her day care facility.
CBS Minnesota
(CBS/AP) SANDSTONE, Minn. - Authorities say a toddler was rescued from a highway in east-central Minnesota after she wandered away from home day care where the provider was drunk.

The Pine County Sheriff's Office says the nearly 2-year-old girl was spotted about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday on State Highway 23 in Sandstone.

Sheriff Robin Cole says vehicles swerved to avoid the girl as she walked down the center line of the highway.

According to CBS Minnesota, a few good Samaritans rescued the toddler from danger and notified authorities.

The provider's operator was reportedly questioned by investigators and determined to be drunk, also indicating she didn't know the child was missing.

Authorities immediately closed the home day care and parents of other children were reportedly notified to retrieve them.

The sheriff says the day-care provider was not arrested but could face charges.

  • Iris Carreras

    Iris Carreras covers crime for CBSNews.com

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