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Ex-day care worker gets probation after baby’s death

MOBILE (AP) — The second of two women accused of manslaughter in the death of a 2-year-old child forgotten in a hot van pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to probation Thursday.

A judge sentenced 61-year-old Mary Grove on Thursday in the heatstroke death of Amiyah White on Sept. 20, 2005.

Grove must report once a week to community corrections for two years. After that Grove will be on probation for five years, requiring her to check in once a month. She will also have to help pay the child’s funeral costs.

The little girl died after she was left in the sweltering hot van.

Grove’s co-defendant and former co-worker, 41-year-old Avis Betts, went to trial and was convicted of manslaughter in the same case in December. She received the same punishment last week that Grove received Thursday.

Grove and Betts 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.

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