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SHERMAN -- An employee at a church in Sherman has been arrested and accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars.

The woman worked at the child care center at Key Memorial United Methodist Church in Sherman.

31-year-old Erica Marquez was arrested Friday and charged with theft.

Sherman Police tell us Marquez is accused of stealing around $35,000 from the church over the period of several months. The church tells us Marquez worked at Key Learning Center, the child care center located in the same building.

Doors at the center have been locked for several days leaving some parents in a pinch to find other places to take their children.

The Sherman Police Department says someone else at the church filed the police report late last month after they said they noticed the money was missing.

"Through that investigation, they were able to gather enough information and enough evidence to get an arrest warrant for Ms. Marquez and they ended up executing that arrest warrant on the same day that the warrant was actually issued on January 4," Sgt. D.M. Hampton said.

Marquez was arrested at her Sherman home. No one at the home wanted to speak with us on-camera, but we were told by someone at the home that Marquez has been released on bond and plans to fight the charges in court.

A call to Marquez's attorney was not returned.

Meantime, doors at the Key Learning Center remain closed and the church couldn't tell us when they will re-open.