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Ex-day care worker gets probation after toddler dies in hot van

MOBILE (AP) — A former day care worker convicted of reckless manslaughter in the death of a 2-year-old child forgotten in a hot van has been sentenced to probation.

A judge Thursday sentenced 41-year-old Avis Betts in the heatstroke death of Amiyah White on Sept. 20, 2005.

Betts must report once a week to community corrections for two years.

After that Betts will be on probation for five years, requiring her to check in once a month.

The child died after he was left in the sweltering hot van.

Betts and a co-worker, 62-year-old Mary Grove, who is also charged in the death, had taken 10 children from the Holy Church of God Daycare in West Mobile for an unscheduled trip, without permission from the children's parents.

It was about 90 minutes after they returned before they realized they had left one child in the van.

They found the toddler slumped over in the back seat of the locked van where it was estimated temperatures inside had reached well over 100 degrees.

Grove, Betts' former co-worker, is scheduled to go on trial for manslaughter next week.

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