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Grand jury doesn't indict woman who left toddler in hot car

Posted October 13

— A grand jury has declined to indict a Louisville day care owner in the death of her great-nephew, who was left in a hot vehicle.

Media reported the panel's Tuesday decision brings the criminal case to a close.

Police had charged Jacquelin Thomas with manslaughter in the death of 2-year-old Lavontae Swain. 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, which she owned. He was found unresponsive hours later in the back of a vehicle.

Defense attorney Keith Kamenish said the death was accidental. Thomas told investigators that she didn't normally drive her great-nephew to day care and she forgot about him.


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