Mother of dead toddler left in van ends her silence

Mother of dead toddler left in van ends her silence
Joy Green (Source: WAFB)
Joy Green (Source: WAFB)
Left: Shelia Newman, Right: April Wright (Photo: EBRSO)
Left: Shelia Newman, Right: April Wright (Photo: EBRSO)
Newman's Daycare Center (Source: WAFB)
Newman's Daycare Center (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The mother of the toddler who was left and found dead inside a vehicle speaks out.

Joy Green is the mother of 22-month-old Angel Green. Angel was found unresponsive inside a van at a house on Prescott Rd.

Police say, while running an unlicensed daycare, 47-year-old Sheila Newman and 26-year-old April Wright left little angel in the hot van after bringing a group of kids back from lunch.

Joy says Angel was her everything, and life isn't the same without her.

"Life is empty," said Joy Green. "Angel was my life. My life revolved around her. All I did was hold her, and now I can't hold her anymore."

Documents showed that Newman's license to run a daycare center was revoked in April 2014. At that time, she also agreed not to operate another center. Green says she didn't know that information and says Newman had a daycare license up on the wall. She also said Newman lied to her when she got a terrible phone call.

"Sheila called me and told me Angel fainted. Something happened to her and she passed out," said Joy Green, who later found out the truth in the autopsy report.

"I know that my baby's skin had burned. She burned from the inside out," said Joy Green. "I know that she screamed for me and I wasn't there."

Green also has a message for parents.

"Just have some type of relationship with the person that you're leaving your child with," Green said. "I never thought when I dropped Angel off on my way to work Friday, that it would be the last time I would see my child."

Newman and Wright were charged with negligent homicide. Newman was also charged with obstruction of justice.

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