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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

August 15, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A 4-year-old little girl opened a back door and wandered outside, then crossed a busy four lane road.

An off duty Dougherty County police officer found the girl and took her back into the daycare center.

Four year olds are naturally curious, but that curiosity can sometimes lead to danger.

"She was going to the bathroom is what she told her teacher, and evidentially she went out the other door and she got in the road," said Kimberly Stegemiller, the child's mother.

Fortunately, off-duty DCP Patrolman Bob James saw the little girl and brought her back inside to safety.

He found little Isabella around 11:15AM, after she got out of her teacher's sight at Gracious Little Ones Academy, and apparently slipped out a back door. She then walked around to the front of the building and into the middle of Oakridge Drive.

"Luckily she's okay." And suprisingly mom Kimberly Stegmiller says she's not mad, just thankful her little girl is okay.

"She's okay. There's nothing to be worried about. I'm going to send her back. That's a good school. I love her teachers."

She just hopes they'll keep a better eye on curious little Isabella, so she doesn't find herself in harm's way again.

Workers at the daycare center wouldn't talk to us while we were there. When we called, a woman who answered the phone told us there was nothing to report and that everyone was okay.

Police are investigating what went wrong and the case will be turned over to the Department of Family Services for review.

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