WATCH: Dramatic rescue of 12-month-old crying baby from locked childcare centre
A 12-month-old baby was accidentally locked in a creché when staff neglected to notice her while closing up the building for the night.
Baby Journee Jones' father was the first to notice the oversight when he arrived at the daycare centre in Chicago fifteen minutes before closing time to collect his child.
Cornelius Jones discovered that no staff were inside the 'All Things are Possible for Kids' building and telephoned the emergency services.
The fire service promptly arrived and cut open the locked door to begin the search for the crying child.
Footage of the dramatic incident on October 19 shows firefighters searching for baby Journee, using the sound of her crying to locate her.
Journee's father told Fox News that he was terrified throughout the ordeal.
"I was hurt because I knew she was in there in the dark and I couldn’t get to her.
"I was glad that she was OK, but I was like real mad, I was mad because how could you leave a baby in a daycare, how could a child go unaccounted for,’"said Mr Jones.
"And one of the police officers flashed a light to the left and flashed it back to the right and that’s when I saw her crawling towards us screaming and my heart just dropped."
It is understood that the Department of Children and Family Services in Chicago have launched an investigation.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the centre has reportedly apologised to the infant's mother, saying that Journee was mistaken for a doll.