Mon. Jul 22nd, 2024


PORTALES (KSEL) – Mother-daughter duo Mary and Sandi Taylor were found guilty yesterday by a Roosevelt County jury for leaving two toddlers in a hot car in 2017, that left one dead and another seriously injured; Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb announced. The two were each found guilty on charges of First-Degree Child Abuse Resulting in Death and First-Degree Child Abuse Resulting in Great Bodily Harm. Each charge carries a maximum punishment of 18 years in prison. Investigators say the children were in the car nearly three hours in 90-degree heat. During the four-day trial, evidence presented showed that Taylor Tots Day Car did not follow the proper rules and procedures mandated by CYFD, including failing to perform headcounts, driving the children without permission, as well as failure to have proper care giver to child ratio. Attorney for the Taylor’s argued it was a tragic accident, not a crime and say they will appeal. Both women were remanded into custody following the announcement of verdicts. The sentencing for the two will be held at a later date.

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