Cornelius Jones said when he arrived at the All Things Are Possible for Kids day care center Monday evening to pick up daughter Journee, he noticed that the building was dark inside and the doors were locked.
That’s when he heard Journee crying, Jones said.
"It was pitch black and the only thing I could see was my baby crawling on the floor," he said.
He managed to flag down a police car and officials called the fire department. Officers and firefighters then worked to break the door down. Jones recorded video of the rescue.
Journee had only been attending the facility for a week, Jones said, but is now at home with her parents. He says day care workers claimed they were inside when he arrived.
But the girl’s mother, Quanesha Borum, says employees told her they thought Journee was a doll.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is investigating the incident. The day care center has not responded to ABC News’ request for comment.