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Trial date set for death at unlicensed daycare

1 year 2 weeks 2 days ago November 17, 2015 Nov 17, 2015 Tuesday, November 17 2015 November 17, 2015 10:45 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

BATON ROUGE - The operator of an unlicensed Baton Rouge daycare where an infant died this summer appeared in court Tuesday morning.

A judge set trial for January 20 for the case of Shelia Newman. She faces negligent homicide charges in the death of 22-month-old Angel Green this past June.

Police reports said Newman left Green in a van back in June for an extended period of time. Investigators said the girl's body temperature when she was brought to a hospital was 108 degrees, and she later died from exposure to the heat.

Authorities arrested both Newman and a daycare worker, April Wright, on negligent homicide charges. The News 2 Investigative Unit found that Newman was currently operating without a license, and that the state had revoked her daycare license in 2014.

Joy Green, the girl's mother, told News 2 she had no idea Newman was running an unlicensed daycare.

In court Tuesday a charge of obstruction of justice against Newman was also dropped, which Green's attorney said was upsetting to the family.

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