Daycare owner accused in child's death posts bond
BATON ROUGE - The owner of an unlicensed Baton Rouge daycare who was accused in the death of a child under her care posted bond and was released from jail Wednesday.
Jail records showed 47-year-old Shelia Newman posted a $75,000 bond for negligent homicide charges in the death of 22-month-old Angel Green.
Police said on June 5 Newman and an employee, 26-year-old April Wright, forgot Green in the back of a vehicle and left her there for hours. When they did find her Green was taken to a nearby fire station for help, and she later died at a Baton Rouge hospital.
Investigators also charged Newman with obstruction after they said she told Wright to lie to the police about what happened to Green.
State records showed Newman's license was revoked last April for not having an adequate worker-to-child ratio, and she signed a consent form to not operate a daycare. She instead sold her previous business and opened a new, unlicensed one on Prescott Road.