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Local daycare provider accused of leaving baby in a car

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A local daycare owner is being accused of leaving a baby inside of a hot car.

She turned in her daycare provider license, which has left families to find another means of childcare.

Police said it was nearly 85 degrees outside when the child was left inside the hot car earlier this month. Fortunately, the child was found to be safe.

Police said Pamela Lacharite, 44, reportedly drove to vacation bible school while having a 3-month-old girl in her care in the back seat.

Police said she allegedly left the young girl in the back seat while she went inside to pick up three other children.

"She said that she just forgot about the child she was caring for. It wasn't her child and she had just forgotten. As soon as she realized the mistake, she ran out to the car and found the church workers taking care of the child," said Granby Police Chief Carl Rosensweig.

The workers at the Valley Brook Community Church said the little girl had been in the car for at least 20 minutes and was upset and crying. They were able to open the doors and give her a bottle.

Police said Lacharite watched the baby twice per week.

The child's parents were called, as well as the Department of Children and Families.

Until July 14, Lacharite, a mother of three, had been registered with the state to run a daycare and care for six children.

Records show that she voluntarily gave up her license after she was arrested.

"I guess we're all humans and it's a terrible tragedy. We just have to be more vigilant, and keeping children safe, and remembering they're in the car, and transporting them where they need to be," said Cathy Baum, a grandmother.

Neighbors said the daycare had a great reputation and there was a waiting list of children to get in. There were positive reviews on the website as well.

Lacharite is expected to appear in court next month.

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