WARNER ROBINS -- Shelia Henderson, the owner of Sister-n-Sister Family Home Day Care, where police say a 3-year-old boy was left in a car and later died, was charged Tuesday with felony murder.
Henderson was also charged with second-degree cruelty to children, involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct in the July 31 death of Andrew Leighlan Calloway of Warner Robins. Calloway died from heat stroke after he was left for an hour in a parked car at 100 Georgetown Blvd., police said.
According to police, the toddler was in the vehicle with Henderson, 50, and her sister, Johnnie Mae Grayer, 66, of Macon, and two other children, who had gone out to lunch. After returning home, Henderson later realized Calloway was not inside her house and went outside to find him unconscious in the locked car. The boy was taken to Houston Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Henderson turned herself into authorities Tuesday afternoon.
The death was investigated by Warner Robins police, the Houston County Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Division, the Houston County District Attorney’s Office, and Houston County Division of Family and Children’s Services, according to a news release.
The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, the state licensing agency for child care facilities, launched an investigation after the incident. The day care is unlicensed, according to the state. It was not immediately clear whether Henderson was required to be licensed.
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