- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The owner of a Louisville day care facility has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of a 2-year-old boy who was left inside a hot car for hours.

Media report 70-year-old Jacquelin O. Thomas is being held on $100,000 bond and is due back in court May 9. She pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

Louisville police say Thomas picked up LaVontae Swain on the morning of April 18. A Cabinet for Health and Family Services investigation found that the boy was discovered unresponsive that afternoon when she picked up other children from an elementary school.

Cabinet investigators said Thomas told them she forgot about the boy.

Thomas’ attorney, Keith Kamenish, said LaVontae was Thomas’ great-nephew whom she loved and that what happened was an accident.


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