LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky police have charged a day care owner with manslaughter in the death of her great-nephew, who was found in a hot vehicle.
News media outlets report that 70-year-old Jacquelin Thomas was arrested late Tuesday in connection to the death of 2-year-old Lavontae Swain.
The Courier-Journal reports Thomas pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning.
Police said in the arrest citation that Thomas picked the child up from his home on April 18 to take him to Lil’ Kings & Queens child care. He was found unresponsive hours later in the back of a vehicle.
A coroner’s report says the child’s death was “consistent with hyperthermia,” or a high body temperature.
Keith Kamenish is Thomas’ attorney. He says LaVontae was her great-nephew whom she loved and that what happened was an accident.
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