The state has suspended a Wichita woman's day care license after police found that two small children in her care had been left strapped in car seats in an unheated home while she cooked at another home.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued the emergency order of suspension for Katherine S. Harris on Wednesday. She operated Gabby's Little Helping Hands Child Care Home, 1119 S. George Washington Drive.
According to the order, when Wichita police officers responded to a house alarm at 2434 E. Rivera, they found an 8-month-old and a 3-year-old strapped in car seats in the home. No adult was present, and the house had no gas service, no heat.
The children were put in a police car "to warm up because the officer reported that the temperature outside was 34 degrees and that it was colder inside the home," the order said.
About 20 minutes later, Harris arrived and said that she had been at the day care home, the document said.
Police have said that the 46-year-old woman was at a nearby house to cook a meal while the children were at the other home.
Police arrested Harris on suspicion of endangering children, KDHE said. She has a notice to appear in court next month. Harris could not be reached for comment.
The 8-month-old was released to her parents, and the 3-year-old boy was put into protective custody, police and KDHE said.
Harris has had a day care license since Nov. 15, 2004, KDHE said.
The emergency suspension remains in effect until another order rescinds it, the agency said.