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New video shows rescue of kidnapped toddler

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

New video shows the daring rescue of a 2-year-old girl who was kidnapped Tuesday from a daycare center by her own father.

Officers later returned the girl to her mother safe and sound.

The father, McCoy Robertson made his first appearance in court Wednesday morning. He is charged with kidnapping, making terroristic threats, and simple battery.

Police said he attacked a daycare worker in order to take his daughter from the facility. The judge denied his bond.

The Dept. of Early Care and Learning is investigating the incident, which is protocol. The department said they will be looking at four main areas of safety: children's Records- who was allowed to pick up the child, operational policies and procedures, parental access- if the custodial parent has access to their child and parental authorization- if a person who is not on the child's records has been given proper authorization to pick up the child

"On a specific instance, if I'm not listed on [the child's record] I would need an authorization to pick up the child and I would need to present identification when I came to do that," explained Sherry Costa, the director of Child Care Research and Referrals for the region.

CCR&R works with DECAL on training child care centers and said safety is a top priority.

"As a parent, it's vital to us to ensure that all the policies and procedures are in place that are going to guarantee that our children are safe when they are not in our presence," she said.

When it comes to deciding on a good daycare, Costa said a parent should physically visit the center, see if procedures are being followed and read up on the facility's status.

"You definitely want to go to the Department of Early Care and Learning website and look at licensing and monitoring reports and look at the status of a particular program that your interested in," said Costa.

DECAL says these types of investigations could take up to 30 days.

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