On Wednesday, at about 6 PM, a licensed day care worker dumped a toddler off in front of the 5-year old’s home in Queens. She left the tot outside by herself, eventually wandering off, said officials Thursday.
New York state’s Office of Children & Family Services is investigating the incident. They want to know why Trimeka Crum left the little girl alone outside her home in Far Rockaway on Central Ave. near Wheatley Ave.
Little Essiah Miller Love wandered away at some point. She ended up at a nearby deli, where clerks in the store called 911.
Thursday morning, inspectors from the NYC Health Department paid the day care of Trimeka Crum a visit. They recommended that the state of New York suspend her day care license, says Christopher Miller, spokesman for the agency.
For about 20 minutes, the toddler had been wandering around, away from her home. She eventually ran down Central Ave. to Three Brothers Meat Market. There, she asked deli workers for a snack, say police sources.
“It was very surprising,” said Carlos Cruz, 38, one of the three brothers who own the market. “She came in and said she was hungry. We gave her snacks, ice cream and chips, and she sat down behind the register quietly. She was so calm.”
Cruz’s brother asked Essiah who she was with.
“She responded, ‘No one,’” Cruz recalled. “Then (my brother) asked where her mother was and she said, ‘She’s in Jamaica!’”
Cruz’s brother called police about 6:40 p.m., after spending about 20 minutes talking with the girl.
“She was enjoying herself,” Cruz said. “She was so calm it was funny. We were a lot more scared than she was.”
Essiah remained in police custody at the 101st Precinct station house until 11 p.m. when her aunt, who has been caring for her since her mother traveled to Jamaica, got home and found the child not home.
The panicked aunt contacted Crum, 35, and both women went to the 101st Precinct stationhouse to report her missing.
Cops learned that Crum left Essiah without making sure that an adult was home to care for the child and charged her with acting in a manner injurious to a child. Her arraignment was pending in Queens Criminal Court Thursday.
Crum received a license from the state to operate a family day care facility in September 2014, officials said. The licence was renewed last September and won’t expire until Sept. 9, 2020.
Her facility on Mott Ave. near Gipson St. in Far Rockaway, is licensed to oversee up to six children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old and two additional school-age children, according to state records.
During her last inspection on Sept. 12, state inspectors cited her for not showing proof that her staff had received essential training, officials said.
On July 19, inspectors hit her with five citations, including a violation for having no staffer trained in CPR.
All the violations have been corrected, state records show.