Five-year-old Essiah Love Miller is all smiles after being returned to her mother. Day care center owner Trimeka Crumb was arraigned for abandoning child in front of her home.
A daycare worker who allegedly dropped five-year-old Essiah Love Miller off on the street in front of her residence earlier this week has been charged with child endangerment for abandoning the little girl, who was found a tenth of a mile away in a supermarket asking for food.
District Attorney Richard Brown said at her arraignment, “This defendant failed to complete the daily job she was paid to perform and in the process endangered the life of an innocent young girl who was left all alone on the street to fend for herself. Luckily this child was unharmed.”
Brown identified the defendant as Trimeka V. Crum, 35, of Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway. Crum was arraigned Thursday night in Queens Criminal Court on a criminal complaint charging her with endangering the welfare of a child.
Crum, who faces up to a year in jail if convicted, was released on her own recognizance and a full order of protection was issued, forbidding the defendant from having any contact with the child and ordered to return to court on May 8.
According to the criminal charges, the five-year-old victim’s mother had an arrangement with Crum, a day care provider to whom she had been sending her daughter to since approximately November 2016, that required Crum when dropping off the child at the end of the day to either accompany the child upstairs to her apartment and transfer custody of the child to one of her older siblings or to call the mother or one of the siblings to come downstairs and accompany the child upstairs.
Crum admitted in sum and substance to detectives that she dropped the child off at the front door outside the building every day. Crum further allegedly admitted that she dropped the child off in front of the house sometime between 6:00 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, that she saw the child walk into the building and that, after waiting for two minutes and the child did not come out, she left.
Shortly thereafter, police responded to a radio run for an unattended child at a supermarket approximately a tenth of a mile from the child’s home, which required the child to cross an avenue.
According to Daily News reporter Tina Moore, Miller went to the clerk and told him that she was hungry. The clerks gave her snacks, chips and ice cream.
“She stayed calm, she didn’t cry, and I think we were more nervous that she was,” one of the owners of Brother’s Supermarket told the News.
The police were called and the girl was taken to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital for evaluation.
Crum was first licensed to run a day care center in her apartment at 23-21 Mott Avenue in September of 2014, according to city records. In 2016, the center was issued six violations, all of which were reportedly corrected, city officials said.
The city has now reportedly suspended her day care license pending an investigation.