Daycare workers arrested for death of toddler left in vehicle

Daycare workers arrested for death of toddler left in vehicle

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Two daycare workers have been arrested in the connection with the death of a toddler who was left inside of a hot vehicle.

Baton Rouge police say 47-year-old Shelia Newman and 26-year-old April Wright were both arrested and charged with the death of 22-month-old Angel Green.

According to police, Newman, who is the owner of an unlicensed daycare, and Wright took the children off-site for lunch. When they returned they believed that they unloaded all of the children from the vehicle but didn't check to confirm it was empty.

Police say while the children were asleep, Wright left the daycare to pick up more children. When she returned she unloaded the children and parked the car.When the children woke up from their naps, that is when both Newman and Wright noticed that Green was missing. After a brief search, Green was found unresponsive in the vehicle.

"It's tragic," said Hickman. "She really loved those kids and she was a nice person. You got to be careful when you have kids in your care."

According to police, Newman told Wright to falsify her statement to police about where the child was found.

Both Newman and Wright were arrested and taken to East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

Wright was booked with negligent homicide. Newman was booked with negligent homicide and obstruction of justice.

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