Daycare owners on trial for death of child in Portales

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Two daycare owners, a mother and daughter, from Portales, New Mexico went on trial starting Wednesday.  Mary Taylor, 67, and Sandi Taylor, 31, are charged with child abuse resulting in death by leaving two children unattended in the back of a daycare van in July of 2017.

The children suffered from extreme heat exposure.  Maliyah Jones died and Aubrey Loya was airlifted to a Lubbock hospital for treatment.  Both girls were under the age of 2 at the time. 

The two women unloaded children from the van for naptime in the Taylor Tots Daycare in Portales, but overlooked to two youngest kids who were strapped into their safety seats.

A jury of nine men and seven women was impaneled.  

During the first day of trial, the prosecuting attorney warned the jury members they will eventually have to watch police body-camera footage of the when emergency responders rescued the children — mentioning it is very graphic. 

The defense attorney, in his opening statements, said he will prove this was all just a tragic accident.

The trial could last more than a week. 

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