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OKLAHOMA CITY -- A south side daycare has closed abruptly and indefinitely, forcing some parents to leave work early to collect their children.

"I just want to know what's going on," said Alison Fullbright, who got a call telling her the facility was shutting down. "If it puts my child in danger, that's what I want to know."

There seem to be few answers for clients and employees of A Kid's World, a 24-hour daycare located at 3901 S. Bryant Ave.

Child care providers tell NewsChannel 4, the shutdown happened without warning.

"They just took the computers and all the files and just left," said Robyn Billie, 18, who had to call around 30 parents to tell them the news. "It makes us look bad because we don't have the answers. Our director's not here to give them answers."

Billie said the owner didn't say a word to most of her employees as she came in and out.

And what's worse, she said, there were no paychecks on pay day, which is hardly a first.

Billie said management hasn't been delivering the full amount on paychecks for weeks now. The teenager estimates she's about $300 short.

"I'm really mad," she said. "Our manager had to give us money out of her own pocket to make sure we have gas and everything. I have my car payment to make and I'm already behind because they didn't give me my paychecks on time for the last two weeks."

Paychecks were such a regular problem, Billie said, several employees had threatened to quit if they didn't receive the proper amount.

"Honestly I think it's a bunch of nonsense that shouldn't have really happened at all," said Joseph Cantrell, whose wife works at the facility. "We understand things happen, but no warning? Seriously? In the short run it's going to affect us pretty hard, but we'll get through it one way or another."

Inspections from the Department of Human Services show the daycare earned a two-star rating out of three.

Inspectors did not report any issues during the facilities most recent two inspections, but a Jan. 29 inspection found "the program does not have a qualified director employed," though notes, "the owner is currently taking care courses to become a qualified director."

Calls to owner Dwjuana Wilson-Diallo have not been returned.