• North Carolina day care closing months after 5 toddlers escape

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    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - A North Carolina day care center is closing after five of its toddlers escaped and wandered near a major road.

    The Winston-Salem Journal reports that officials at Pinedale Christian Day Care have informed the state Child Development and Early Education division that it's closing in three weeks.

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    State Health and Human Services spokeswoman Sarah Lewis Peel said the decision was made voluntarily by the day care, which operates inside Pinedale Christian Church.

    Winston-Salem police said the five children were supposed to be at the day care last Dec. 4 when they were spotted walking into traffic on a busy road.

    An officer and some motorists gathered them up and took them to safety.

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