The state closed an Omaha child care center after investigators said the owners left a child unattended in a van for more than a half-hour.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services revoked the license of Bright Futures Learning and Care, 3223 N. 45th St., on Nov. 16.
State officials allege that Cassandra Wright and Chudney Knave, both 29, drove to the Fort Omaha campus of Metropolitan Community College on Nov. 7, then left a child in the van for at least 38 minutes while they attended class.
Campus police said Knave told them Wright was not a Metro student, but an instructor said both women were in the class. Knave also gave police the wrong phone number for the child’s mother, authorities said.
Both were ticketed on suspicion of caretaker neglect, and Knave was ticketed on suspicion of giving false information.
Attempts to reach Wright and Knave on Friday were unsuccessful.
The women got into trouble earlier this year when the Nebraska Department of Education mistakenly deposited $50,000 into the Bright Futures Learning and Care bank account. The money was intended for the Building Bright Futures foundation, which helps low-income students prepare for college.
Investigators said the women spent the money. Both were charged in May with theft of lost property and are awaiting trial.
Their lawyer said at the time the women spent the money on the child care business, and they turned themselves in when they learned that a warrant had been issued.
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