Juvenile Justice

Teen Ordered to Create Memorial to Toddler Left to Die in Hot Van

A juvenile court judge in Clayton County, Ga., has ordered a teenager to create a memorial to a 2-year-old girl who died at a daycare center after being left in a hot van following a field trip.

The teenage girl, whose name was withheld because of her age, also received a sentence of two years of probation and 40 hours of community service for her role in the death of the little girl, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The girl, Jazmin Green, had been left alone June 20 in a van parked at Marlo’s Magnificent Early Learning Center. In addition to the teen, the daycare’s owner and owner’s daughter were charged with cruelty to children in the second degree, reckless conduct and involuntary manslaughter. The AJC reported that the center had already been cited for violating a state law requiring them to check vehicles following field trips.

The order to create the memorial came after Judge Steven Teske was moved by a speech delivered by Jazmin’s father Charles Green. The judge ordered the memorial, a painting or sculpture, be placed in a government location where it can be protected and visible to the public. Teske told the paper that creating the memorial could be healing for both the teenager and the toddler’s family.

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