CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - The mother of a child who died in a hot van testified Wednesday that she had no idea a 16-year-old was supervising the day care's field trip.
Two-year-old Jazmin Green died in 2011.
The teenage volunteer for the daycare and the attorneys for the day care owner and her daughter claimed it wasn't murder; it was an accident. But prosecutors said the day care was criminally negligent in the death of Green.
Miesha Ridley became emotional as she testified about how she checked the minivan to make sure all the children from Marlo’s Magnificent Early Learning Center had gotten out. But she neglected to see the toddler.
Prosecutors said Green died when she was left in the van for more than two hours on a 94 degree day in June 2011.
Clayton County prosecutors said it was no accident. The daycare center's owner, Marlo Fallings and her daughter, Quantabia Hopkins face with felony murder charges.
The day care took the 2 and 3-year-old children to Chuck E. Cheese's that day.
Assistant District Attorney Deah Warren said Fallings signed paperwork stating she was one of two required adults on the trip, but she didn't go. She said Ridley signed the paperwork saying she was an adult, even though she was 16.
It was Ridley who admitted checking the van and overlooking Green.
Green's mother testified that she would never approve of a 16-year-old supervising small kids on a field trip.
Ridley received 24 months’ probation in juvenile court for her role in Green’s death.
An official with the state agency that regulates day cares said she cited the daycare three months before the incident for inaccurate field trip logs.
The testimony picks back up Thursday.
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