A daycare is expected to receive a misdemeanor citation for child abuse after a father spotted his young son and another child wandering around with no supervision near a busy Aurora intersection.

The father first reported the incident to police at around 6:20 p.m. on Monday. He saw the children near South Peoria Street and East Cornell Avenue – about a tenth a mile from the Rising Stars Daycare at 12291 E. Cornell Ave.

The father told police he put the two children in his car and drove them back to the daycare. Neither child was injured.

Daycare employees told police the kids ran away while they were taking out trash, but weren’t able to catch them by the time the father spotted them.

Social services was notified about the incident, as per protocol.

The Colorado Office of Early Childhood says the state has received a complaint about the daycare and is launching an investigation.