Charges dropped in hot car death case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Charges have been dropped in the case where a toddler died after being left in a hot SUV.

WHAS11 learned that a Grand Jury returned a 'No True Bill' against 70-year-old Jacquelin Thomas.

That means that Thomas no longer faces a 2nd-degree manslaughter charge in the death of her great-nephew, 2-year-old Lavontae Swain.

According to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services documents, the Lil’ Kings and Queens Daycare owner, Thomas, picked up 2-year-old Lavontae Swain from his home on April 18. Surveillance video from the home shows that pick up happened at around 9:30 a.m.

Nearly six hours later, officials said two children discovered the boy inside the daycare vehicle. That tragic discovery was made in the carpool line at Gutermuth Elementary.

Documents show Thomas verbally admitted to forgetting the child and once discovered, school officials tried to revive the child but it was too late.


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