Florida day care worker sentenced to 11 months in prison over death of three-year-old girl left in a hot van

By ASSOCIATED PRESS and DANIEL ROTH FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

A Florida day care worker will spend 11 months behind bars following the death of a toddler in a hot van last summer.

Louvenia Johnson pleaded no contest to aggravated manslaughter of a child by culpable negligence, testifying that she was distracted while unloading the children.

Last year, three-year-old Jai'Nier Barnes (pictured) was left in a hot van for four hours and later died while being treated at the hospital

The Pensacola News-Journal reports McGee picked up three-year-old Jai’Nier Barnes at her Pensacola home last August and drove her with several other children to the In His Arms Christian Academy.

About four hours passed before another driver went outside at around 1pm and discovered the small girl. Employees tried CPR but the child died of hyperthermia at the hospital.

Judge Joel Boles also sentenced the 29-year-old to 10 years of probation Friday.

The judge’s decision was a departure from the recommended minimum sentence of 13 years in prison as he said neither defendant had intended to harm Jai’Nier.

Earlier this week, a jury acquitted 27-year-old driver Cornel McGee in the incident.

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