She quickly called police.
Three staff members were later arrested.
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The Rev. P.L. Redmond Jr., who runs the Evelyn Redmond Christian Academy at New Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, had no comment when Fernandes asked him about the arrests.
As she left the church, Fernandes saw staff members taking the day care sign off the building.
State officials with the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning told Fernandes that the day care is not licensed, but there is a special exemption that allows it to have a certain number of children between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The child was found after those hours around 3 p.m., according to police.