Grand jury indicts 1 of 2 daycare workers arrested in death of toddler left in vehicle

Grand jury indicts 1 of 2 daycare workers arrested in death of toddler left in vehicle

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A grand jury indicted one daycare worker and failed to indict another in connection with the death of a toddler who was left inside of a hot vehicle.

Shelia Newman, 47, was formally charged with negligent homicide, while the case against April Wright was pretermitted. That means the grand jury did not find enough evidence to either move forward with the case or to fully release her of the charges.

The Baton Rouge Police Department charged Newman and Wright 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. Investigators said 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 said while the children were asleep, Wright left the daycare to pick up more children and when she returned, she unloaded the children and parked the car. They added 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, according to officials.

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 the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

Wright was booked on a charge of negligent homicide. Newman was booked on charges of negligent homicide and obstruction of justice.

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