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Three Arrested for Death of Toddler in Overheated Day Care Van

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- The owner of a Georgia day care center and two employees have been charged with cruelty to children and manslaughter in the death of a two-year-old girl who was left in a locked van for two hours while daytime temperatures soared into the mid-90s.

Jazmin Green's death came Monday, just three months after the day care center, Marlo's Magnificent Early Learning Center in Jonesboro, was found to be in violation of a Georgia law that requires a check of vehicles after trips "to assure that no child remains on the vehicle."

Marlo Fallings, the owner of the center, Fallings' daughter Quantabia Hopkins and a teenager whose name has not been released were arrested and charged with cruelty to children in the second degree, involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct, according to the Clayton County Police Department.

The children were taken in the center's van on a field trip to a Chuck E. Cheese. After returning to the center, Jazmin was overlooked and left in the van.

Officer John K. Schneller said it was Hopkins who realized at approximately 3:30 p.m. that Jazmin was not inside the center. The field trip van had returned to the day care center between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. The temperature outside was about 93 degrees.

"Hopkins went into the parking lot and found Jazmin still in her car seat inside the van," Schneller said in a press statement, adding that the two-year-old was nonresponsive and didn't appear to be breathing.

According to, a website that collects information on child care centers, Marlo's Magnificent Early Learning cares for over 40 children of infant, toddler, preschool and school age.

An average of 38 children die every year in hot cars from heat-related deaths, according to Kids And Cars, a group that documents and studies the dangers associated with children and motor vehicles. The organization reports that between 1998 and 2010, 495 children died from vehicular heat stroke, with 2010 breaking the record with 49 deaths.

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Day Care Owner on 'Most Wanted' List After Fire Kills Four Kids 

U.S. Marshals Service(WASHINGTON) -- A day care provider from Houston, wanted in connection with the deaths of four toddlers, has been placed on the U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted fugitive list.

Jessica Renee Tata, who owned and operated Jackie’s Child Care in Houston, is accused of leaving seven children alone at the day care on Feb. 24 when a fire broke out and left four of the children dead.

Authorities say Tata, 22, is wanted on four counts manslaughter, six counts of reckless injury to a child, three counts of abandoning a child under 15 and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Officials say on the day of the fire, crews arrived on at the scene of the burning day care around 1:30 p.m. and after battling the blaze, firefighters found the seven children inside. Only three of them made it out alive. Authorities say Tata left a boiling pot on a burning stove when she abandoned the children.

After mounting a search for Tata, investigators realized that she had fled the country and went to Nigeria. A reward of up to $25,000 is now being offered for information leading to the capture of Tata.

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