Owner of unlicensed daycare sentenced to 5 years in toddler's death

A former daycare owner was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to a negligent homicide charge in connection with a toddler's death.

A judge ordered Shelia Newman, 49, of Baton Rouge, to spend the next five years in prison in the death of 22-month-old Angel Green in June 2015.

She will also be on five years active probation once released and was ordered to pay restitution for funeral and daycare costs amounting to $6,075 within the first three years of probation.

The judge also ordered her to perform 300 hours of court-approved community service and she must pay the cost of grief counseling for the victim's mother. The amount is to be determined later.

According to police, Newman, who was the owner of an unlicensed daycare, left Green in a hot van returning with a group of kids from lunch.

Documents showed Newman's license to run a daycare center was revoked in April 2014. At that time, she also agreed not to operate another center.

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